AMA Submission - ACCC report to the Senate on private health insurance
This submission discusses how the behaviour of private health insurers is moving private health care in Australia towards a system similar to that of the United States – managed care. Market power is slowly shifting in favour of the private health insurers; they are deciding who can provide what treatment and where they can provide it.
Private health insurers should not determine the provision of treatment in Australia. Health insurers should not interfere with the clinical judgement of medical practitioners.
Private health insurance should serve the needs of health consumers, who have paid for it, not industry shareholders. Patients should not have health care options available to them curtailed for profits.