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Increase in Private Health Insurance

1 April 2014

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5AA Interview with Dr Michael Armitage (CEO PHA) about the increase in private health insurance… Read more

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Prostheses Pricing Reform Saves $2.6 billion by 2020

5 March 2014

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Private Healthcare Australia estimates the Australian Government would save $2.6 billion between now and 2020 by reforming prostheses pricing so that Australians paid no more than international consumers… Read more

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Variations in Care – Hip and Knee Replacement

7 February 2014

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Hip and knee replacements are the most expensive category of surgical procedures in the private health sector… Read more

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Modest premium increase a good outcome for fund members

23 December 2013

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Private health funds are forecast to inject an additional $1.15 billion into Australia’s health care system in 2013-14… Read more

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Media Releases

Prostheses Pricing Reform Saves $2.6 billion by 2020

5 March 2014

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Private Healthcare Australia estimates the Australian Government would save $2.6 billion between now and 2020 by reforming prostheses pricing so that Australians paid no more than international consumers… Read more

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Use of Transvaginal Mesh Should Be Banned

14 February 2014

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Private Healthcare Australia has called for the immediate removal of Transvaginal Mesh from the Australian Prostheses List and the ARTG… Read more

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Modest premium increase a good outcome for fund members

23 December 2013

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Private health funds are forecast to inject an additional $1.15 billion into Australia’s health care system in 2013-14… Read more

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“Never Events” Policy Leads to Better Quality & Safety

22 October 2013

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An agreement between a private hospital group and major health fund to forgo payments for so called “never events” is a major step towards improving health outcomes for all Australians.

The CEO of the Private Health Insurance Industry’s peak body, Dr Michael Armitage says Private … Read more





Interviews & Transcripts

Increase in Private Health Insurance

1 April 2014

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5AA Interview with Dr Michael Armitage (CEO PHA) about the increase in private health insurance… Read more

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Take Action to Save Your Rebate

12 June 2013

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Private Healthcare Australia CEO Dr Michael Armitage has called on privately insured Australians to contact their Coalition Member of Parliament and ask for a commitment to restore the Rebate during their first term of Government, if they are elected on 14 September 2013….. … Read more

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Increase in health premiums

8 February 2013

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CEO of Private Healthcare Australia Dr Michael Armitage explains that the 5.6% increase in health premiums helps cover the increase in several healthcare costs which far exceed this amount.… Read more

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Pre-Payment of premiums

19 June 2012

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The end of the financial year is a busy time for many people, and this year there’s something else to add to the mix: private health insurance. New rules come into effect at the start of July which could affect the amount you pay. … Read more

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Stats & Data

Private Health Insurance Membership – December 2013

17 February 2014

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As at 31 December 2013, the proportion of the Australian population with hospital cover was 47.0%… Read more

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Episodes of Service and Utilisation of Private Health Insurance – December 2013

17 February 2014

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Private health insurers paid benefits for 3.82 million hospital episodes in the year ending December 2013… Read more

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Benefits Paid to Members – December 2013

17 February 2014

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The total benefits paid by private health insurance funds for all types of hospital and general treatment services in the year ending December 2013 was $16.149 billion (Source: PHIAC Quarterly Statistics, December 2013).

This comprised of $11.92 billion for hospital treatment, and $4.14 billion for … Read more

Variations in Care – Hip and Knee Replacement

7 February 2014

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Hip and knee replacements are the most expensive category of surgical procedures in the private health sector… Read more

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Submissions

Private Health Insurance Industry Submission on PCEHR Legislation Paper

24 August 2011

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The Australian Government is establishing electronic health records with the aim of delivering benefits for patients and clinicians across Australia. The personally controlled electronic health record (PCEHR) system is proposed to enable better access to important health information currently held in dispersed records around the … Read more

AHIA’s Position Paper on Reinsurance High Cost Claims

27 June 2006

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AHIA engaged KPMG to work with the AHIA Reinsurance Steering Group to develop an industry
agreed system of reinsurance for Private Health Insurance. The Steering group consisted of AHIA
and HIRMAA members.… Read more

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AHIA’s Position Paper on Out of Hospital Gate Care

27 March 2006

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The Australian Health Insurance Association (AHIA) understands there is a strong possibility that the Federal Government will legislate to enable health funds to purchase services outside the current hospital environment to provide members with greater healthcare options.… Read more

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AHIA’s Position Paper on Informed Financial Consent (IFC)

2 March 2006

The lack of Informed Financial Consent (IFC) provided to health fund contributors by medical practitioners continues to be a significant problem in Australia. While this is acknowledged as an issue for all consumers, those with private health insurance coverage have additional concerns that, in spite of their private health insurance coverage, they can still face unexpected out-of-pocket expenses they would not have if they went into a public hospital as a public patient. … Read more

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Research Papers

Impact of Means Testing the Private Health Insurance Rebate

17 May 2011

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ANOP Research Services Pty Ltd was commissioned by the Australian Health Insurance Association to conduct a detailed survey of the private health insurance… Read more

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Economic Impact Assessment of the Proposed Reforms to Private Health Insurance

13 May 2011

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Deloitte was engaged by the Australian Health Insurance Association to conduct analysis considering the potential economic impacts of introducing a means test on the 30% rebate on private health insurance.… Read more

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Events

PHA Conference 2013

28 November 2013

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The 2013 Conference titled Private Health Insurance: Delivering value for your money? was addressed by a range of international and local speakers of the highest calibre including Saul Eslake (Economist), Simon McKeon (Macquarie Bank), Janet Albrechtsen (The

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PHA Claims Leakage and Fraud Workshop 2013

11 October 2013

Due to the popularity of the Claims Leakage and Fraud Forum, the organising committee decided to run a workshop in 2013, with a full forum to be held again in 2014. This year the workshop was held on 11th October 2013 in Melbourne at Oaks … Read more

PHA National Conference 2012

14 November 2012

The 2012 Private Healthcare Australia National Conference – Private Healthcare: Better Value, was held on the 14-15 November 2012, Park Hyatt in Melbourne.

The year 2012 was a particularly significant one for the Private Health Insurance Industry. We have had legislative issues with which to … Read more

AHIA National Conference 2011

8 November 2011

The 2011 AHIA National Conference- Shaping the future: Better Cover, Better Access, Better Care, was held on the 8-10 November 2011, Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne. The conference represented an unparalleled opportunity to hear from experts in a range of fields such as health funding, regulatory environments, improving health outcomes, and, most importantly, the chance to share insights and ideas with your peers in the sector.… Read more

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