15 November 2010 The number of people taking up private health insurance has slowed significantly, the latest figures from the Private health Insurance Administration Council reveal.
Insurance take-up rose by a mere 0.2 per cent in the September quarter and in real terms this is bad news for the Government and the industry.
Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton said today the latest figures underscored Labor’s failure to manage public hospitals.
“People are taking private health hospital cover because they have no confidence in State Labor Government’s to provide adequate health care.”
Of major concern though is the fall-off in the numbers of people taking-out private health insurance membership.
Two years ago it was growing at more than 4 per cent a year. By early this year, after Labor began its attacks on private health that growth rate had halved.
“These latest figures indicate the growth rate has slowed even further,” Mr Dutton said.
“The Minister today has re-committed the Gillard Government to its attack on private health insurance rebates, but the unknown is what will happen under the Labor-Greens alliance from next July.”
Mr Dutton said it was Greens policy to remove the rebates altogether.
“It’s been estimated health insurance premiums would rise by more than 40 per cent if this weak Labor Government caves in to the Greens demands.”
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