Longer waiting lists if rebate goes: CHA

02/06/2011

From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

Any change in the government's private health insurance rebate risks increased public hospital waiting lists and will adversely affect both private and public patients, according to Catholic Health Australia (CHA) CEO Martin Laverty.

In its third attempt, the Federal Government is pushing to cut the current 30 per cent rebate for private health insurance for singles earning more than $80,000 per year and couples earning more than $160,000.

"This means test will result in people forsaking private health insurance," Mr Laverty said, adding he is also concerned that health insurance premiums will rise significantly as a result, forcing even more people into the public hospital system.

"The Government argues that the private health rebate is middle class welfare. However CHA counters this, arguing the rebate is an incentive for Australians to take up private health insurance and in this way, ease the pressure on over-stretched public hospitals," Mr Laverty said.

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