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Private health fees on the rise

Broadcast: 23/02/2007

Reporter: Virginia Trioli

The average family is expected to pay an extra $100 per year for private health cover.

Transcript

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: The average family will pay an extra $100 a year for private health cover under a
fee increase announced today. The rise is due to take effect from 1 April, costing private health
members about 4.5 per cent more. The inflation rate is just over 3 per cent but the Health Minister
Tony Abbott says it's still a low premium rise.

TONY ABBOTT, HEALTH MINISTER: No one likes increases but the lower the increase the better. This is
the lowest increase since 2001 and it will certainly bring down the rate of increase further since
1996.

VIRGINIA TRIOLI: Private health insurance fund payouts to customers rose by more than 8 per cent
last year.