Private health insurance on the precipice: report

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Private health insurance is declining in Australia because it is not affordable. Image by Wikimedia

According to the Australian Medical Association Private Health Insurance Report Card 2019, private health care is on the precipice in Australia, with younger Australians opting for the public health care system, as it is more affordable.

The private health system now includes different categories, introduced just this year, to suit the needs of consumers. But the Australian Medical Association recommends new reforms should be introduced so health insurance is affordable and relevant to the community, especially young Australians.

Young Australians are finding it more difficult to get access to mental health services because they are offered in private hospitals, and without proper health insurance, it could take way longer to access services through the public health care system.

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