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Challenge for new Health Minister - Australians paying 18% more for private health insurance under Liberals



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CATHERINE KING MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND MEDICARE MEMBER FOR BALLARAT

CHALLENGE FOR NEW HEALTH MINISTER - AUSTRALIANS PAYING 18% MORE FOR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER LIBERALS

With the release of this year's private health insurance premium increases due in the coming month, reports today have confirmed Australians are paying 18 per cent more for private health insurance under the Liberals.

Family budgets have been hit with about $600 extra in annual premiums under the Abbott/Turnbull Government, and are facing another significant increase this year.

Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine King, said that no matter who was appointed Health Minister permanently, they must act to ensure private health insurance is good value for Australians.

"Having good value products is at the heart of the private health insurance system, and if policies aren't delivering the benefits then Australians will simply walk away altogether," Ms King said.

"The Turnbull Government promised to do something to help Australians navigate private health insurance but almost a year on, nothing has changed, and changes with the Health Minister could push this out yet again.

"I'm extremely concerned that any delays as a result of the chaos surrounding the Health Minister could leave Australians blindsided by rises in premiums and unable to shop around in time."

Ms King said improving transparency and quality across private health insurance is vital to helping Australians get more bang for their buck.

"Australians shouldn't have to pay the price for this Government's chaos. It's critical that the new Minister acts to improve affordability in this year's premium increases

SUNDAY, 15 JANUARY 2017

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