Shayne Neumann MP
Federal Member for Blair

Australian Labor
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LOCALS TO PAY MORE FOR PRIVATE HEALTH, VITAL MEDICINES AND HEALTH CARE

10/02/2017

This year’s increase to private health insurance premiums will see local families paying $200 a year more, hitting budgets at a time of sky-high out-of-pocket health expenses under the Turnbull Government.

The $200 a year increase means that families will be paying around a total of $900 extra in annual premiums under the Abbott/Turnbull Government – that’s a 23 per cent increase in annual premiums.

Federal Member for Blair, Shayne Neumann said that the latest increase would put significant strain on families in Ipswich and the Somerset Region when the Government is already forcing them to pay more out of their own pocket for health.

“Local people are paying more than ever for their private health insurance but they are getting less and less, and the Liberals have done absolutely nothing to help families with the costs of health,” Mr Neumann said.

“This $200 increase comes on top of some of the highest premium increases on record, spiralling complaints against private health insurers and Australians increasingly discovering they are simply not covered for basic inclusions in their policies.”

Last financial year there were 4,416 complaints to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman, a 30 per cent increase in complaints under the Liberals, and it is now estimated that 40 per cent of all PHI policies have some form of exclusion.

 “Local people have told me they simply don’t feel they are getting value for their private health insurance under this Government.

“Despite the ever increasing cost of their private health insurance, people are finding they are not covered for things like pregnancy, cataract surgery, hip and knee replacements and heart surgery.

“The new Health Minister is joking if he thinks this is good news – he can’t seriously expect a pat on the back for a 23 per cent increase to private health insurance premiums.”