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2004-2005-2006-2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Private Health Insurance Bill 2006

 

(Amendments to be moved by Senator McLucas on behalf of the Opposition in Committee of the Whole)

(1)     Clause 172-5, page 136 (lines 7 to 12), omit the clause, substitute:

172-5  Agreements with medical practitioners

Medical purchaser-provider agreements

             (1)  If a private health insurer enters into an agreement with a *medical practitioner for the provision of treatment to persons insured by the insurer, the agreement must not limit the medical practitioner’s professional freedom, within the scope of accepted clinical practice, to identify and provide appropriate treatments.

Practitioner agreements

             (2)  If a hospital or day hospital facility enters into an agreement with a *medical practitioner, under which treatment is provided to persons insured by the insurer, the agreement must not limit the medical practitioner’s professional freedom, within the scope of accepted clinical practice, to identify and provide appropriate treatments”.

Other purchaser-provider agreements

             (3)  If a private health insurer enters into any agreement for the provision of services or goods intended to manage a disease, injury or condition, the agreement must not limit the freedom of medical practitioners and/or other health professionals involved in the provision of the service or good, within the scope of accepted clinical practice, to identify and provide appropriate treatments.

[agreements - medical practitioners]

(2)     Clause 264-5, page 220 (line 3), after paragraph (b) insert:

                   (ba)  minimising the level of health insurance premiums;

[objective - minimising premium levels]