Private Healthcare Australia supports the recent Budget announcement to remove hips and joints with unacceptably high revision rates from the Prostheses List.
PHA Chief Executive Dr Michael Armitage has long advocated for improved prostheses listing arrangements, on behalf of more than 12 million privately insured Australians.
“Private Health Funds want the best possible care for members; for members to be treated according to clinical guidelines and with the best available joints,” he said.
“By using only the best joints, there will be a reduction in readmissions and as a result this will help control costs”.
The benefits paid out by funds on behalf of their members have increased dramatically since 2000, according to the latest PHIAC figures.