18 December 2019

Smoke and mirrors: inside the great private health insurance premium drama

Look closely: there’s a lot more to the latest premium increases than meets the eye.

4 December 2019

How do you stop the youth exodus from private health insurance? Cut premiums for under-55s

Young people don’t see private health insurance as good value for money. And they’re right: the cost of their expected use of private health care is significantly below what they pay in insurance premiums.

26 November 2019

Saving private health must start at the hospital

Too many private hospitals provide too much care that is of little or even no value to the patient. Here’s how to make them more efficient and less wasteful.

26 November 2019

How greedy doctors make private health insurance more painful

Specialists can charge patients what they want, and some doctors charge exorbitant amounts. A handful of services account for almost 90 per cent of all medical gaps.

22 November 2019

It’s time for Medicare for the mouth

It’s a national disgrace in a prosperous country such as Australia that cost prevents one in five people getting dental care when they need it. Here’s what should be done.

21 November 2019

You can review an airline, so why not a hospital? It’s time for health sector scorecards

Why don’t we have something like TripAdvisor when it comes to healthcare in Australia? Despite long waiting lists and high rates of complications, the health sector continues to lag behind other industries in providing public information about its performance.

14 November 2019

Why private health cover is bleeding to death

It’s wrapped in red tape, and young people don’t regard it as value for money. Without urgent reform the industry’s death spiral will continue.

7 November 2019

Private health insurers should start paying for hospital-type care at home

The public health system has already expanded its alternatives to hospital inpatient care. It’s time for the private system to do the same.

29 October 2019

How to improve car insurance: lessons from private health insurance

Car insurance obviously needs reform and can learn from how private health insurance operates. The car insurance market doesn’t give consumers enough choice, or the thrill of the unexpected. So here’s a four-part proposal to improve car insurance.

10 October 2019

Time to kill the private health insurance zombies

Two zombie policies stalk the private health policy world: a ‘Hospital Benefits Schedule’ and ‘Medicare Select’. Here’s why both should have been put to rest long ago.