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Value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs

Value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs

03 August 2017
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Summary: Value and Affordability of Private Health Insurance Older consumers find private insurance expensive with limited value and unclear coverage Complexity in product offerings hinders consumer-driven competition Clarity needed on private health insurance role in Health Care Homes for older people Concerns about private patients in public hospitals and impact on waiting lists Pensioners and retirees face challenges with increased premium costs and out-of-pocket expenses Need for simplification and improvement of Standard Information Statements (SIS) Support for technology solutions to improve health outcomes for older people Regulatory oversight needed for data use by health funds Suggestions for assessing impacts and potential savings of technology solutions Ineffectiveness of current annual premium setting process for older consumers Proposal to establish efficiency benchmarks for assessing private hospital costs Key Points: Private insurance complexity hinders consumer choice and understanding Concerns about private patients in public hospitals and waiting times Challenges faced by pensioners and retirees with increased costs Need for simplification and improvement of Standard Information Statements Support for technology solutions to improve health outcomes Ineffectiveness of current annual premium setting process for older consumers Proposal to establish efficiency benchmarks for assessing private hospital costs
Value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs

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