Private Healthcare Australia calls for Prostheses Pricing Reform

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Private Healthcare Australia has renewed calls for the Australian Government to reform prostheses pricing rules following a Federal Court action launched by a United States medical implant manufacturer.

PHA Chief Executive Dr Michael Armitage said 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.

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PHI Rebate Keeps Pressure off Public Hospitals

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The Australian Council of Social Service call for the Private Health Insurance Rebate to be scrapped is irresponsible and the arguments being used by ACOSS to back its position are, simply put, false.

The private sector plays a key role in Australia’s health system, with 58% of surgical procedures carried out in private hospitals. This includes chemotherapy treatment, joint replacements and other non‐discretionary surgical procedures.

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Private Health Cover gives you a Choice

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There is a campaign by some public hospitals to pressure patients to declare their private health insurance without providing the benefits that private health cover can offer.

This is a grab for cash by the public hospital sector.

The national Medicare agreement entitles every Australian to free healthcare in a public hospital, and it is everyone’s right to expect free treatment, if they choose.

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Dental Benefits Increased by 7.6% per person in 2012-13

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More than half of the General Treatment Cover benefits paid by private health insurance funds on behalf of their members are for dental services. In 2013 Private Health Funds paid a total of $16.15 billion of behalf of members, $4.14 billion for General treatment Cover of which $2.14 billion was paid for dental treatments.

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