Our Health Rebate is Important to Us
Unfortunately, the legislation to means test the rebate passed through the lower house in Feb 2012 and now an uncertain period lies ahead for Australia’s health system.
The passage of the means-testing legislation through the Lower House signals a shift in the balance of Australian healthcare.
The consequence of the Gillard Government’s decision to means-test the 30% Rebate is that Australians needing healthcare will be torn between increasing costs and longer waiting lists.
Private Healthcare Australia has consistently cautioned that means-testing the 30% Rebate will force people out of the private healthcare sector and into the public system, and it will force
premiums up for those who remain in private cover.
The proposed policy change introduces three ‘Private Health Insurance Incentive Tiers’ based on income thresholds.
It’s meant to target the rich, but the Deloitte Report shows that as health fund members drop or downgrade their cover health insurance will become more expensive for everyone.
We are paying more than our fair share
Like all tax paying Australians, our family pays our fair share through the 1.5% Medicare levy.
And because we choose Private Healthcare we also pay more to make sure our family has access to the best hospital cover and the best general treatment cover.
“My family pays a lot of money to support our health system and I want that recognised”.
Our Health Rebate is important to us
We see our Rebate from the government as recognition of the fact that we are:
- Taking personal responsibility for our healthcare costs.
- Already paying our fair share of Australia’s health costs.
- Helping to take the burden off the public hospital system.
- Easing the pressure in emergency departments.
- Taking the pressure off hospital beds.
- Supporting Australia’s public health system.
- Helping government to deliver a better health system to all Australians.
Private Healthcare Australia will continue to lobby to reverse this policy decision by the Gillard Government