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Monday, 1 June 1998
Page: 4304

Debate resumed from 1 December 1997, on motion by Mr Eoin Cameron:

That this House:

(1) acknowledges that Australia's health system is reliant on a successful private health insurance industry complementing the public health system;

(2) notes with concern the neglect of the former Labor Government to stem the exodus from private health insurance between 1984 and 1996;

(3) calls on the Australian Labor Party to agree to supporting incentives for private health insurance as part of its policy platform at its annual conference in 1998;

(4) expresses its support for the incentives provided by the Federal Government for people to maintain private health insurance and for those who do not have it, to take it out;

(5) calls on private health insurers to minimise any premium increases which may force more Australians to reconsider their membership;

(6) welcomes any further policies which encourage people who can afford to take out private health insurance, to do so; and

(7) calls on the Government to refer the issue of private health insurance and the Australian Health system to the Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs for further solutions to alleviate the decline in private health insurance caused by the policies of the former Labor Government.