Profits are a major concern for private insurers than the health of patients,
according to a new survey.
The Medical Technology Association of Australia ReachTEL poll shows 77.9%
either strongly agree or agree with the statement "private health insurers
put profits before patients".
‘Private health funds managed to boost premium revenues by 6.4% and profit before tax by 8.9%.’
Recent Australian Prudential Regulation Authority data show private health
funds managed to boost premium revenues by 6.4% and profit before tax by 8.9%
in the year to June. But reimbursements to their members rose by just 5.3%.
Further, the polling found 69.2% have considered downgrading or dropping
their policy in the past 12 months because it does not represent good value for
The authority's chief executive Susi Tegen said the poll confirmed that
private health insurance did "not provide value for money and put profits
"We know the health funds have requested cuts, as much as 45%, to the
total benefits paid to patients for medical devices."
More alarming is 75.4% of people aged 18-34 years of age have considered
downgrading or dropping their policy in the past 12 months.