Greg Hunt

Federal Member for Flinders | Minister for Health

Media Releases


For media enquiries about Health and Sport please contact the Ministerial Office on (02) 6277 7220.

For local media enquiries please contact the Electorate Office on (03) 5979 3188.


Expert committee to consider out-of-pocket medical costs

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The Turnbull Government will work with the medical profession to address the large and sometimes unanticipated out-of-pocket medical fees some patients face. 

A new expert committee chaired by the Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy, will investigate out-of-pocket costs and options to ensure that consumers are better informed of fees before agreeing to treatment.

Professor Murphy has extensive experience as a medical specialist, academic and medical administrator. 

Large out-of-pocket fees charged by a relatively small proportion of medical specialists are a matter of justifiable and considerable community concern. 

This is especially true when patients are unaware of the scale of the fees at the time of initial referral to the medical specialists. For some patients, these fees can cause financial hardship.

Medical Colleges, private health insurance funds and consumer groups have all expressed concern about these cases.

The Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs is part of the package of reforms to private health insurance announced on 13 October 2017.

It will identify why some doctors are charging large fees, and explore strategies to ensure that consumers and referring General Practitioners can compare fees and out-of-pocket costs when choosing a doctor.

The committee will consult with the medical profession, hospital sector, private health insurers and consumers. 

Professor Murphy will be joined by representatives from:

• Consumers Health Forum
• Australian Medical Association
• Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
• Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
• Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
• Australian College of Anaesthetists
• Australian Orthopaedic Association
• Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
• Catholic Health Australia, and 
• Private health insurance industry.


Greg on Facebook

Stay Up-to-Date

Stay up to date with the latest electorate and portfolio information by signing up to Greg's enewsletter.


Greg on Twitter


Electorate Office
Unit 1/49 Eramosa Road West
Somerville, Victoria, 3912

Postal address
PO Box 647 Somerville, Vic 912

Phone: (03) 5977 9082
Fax: (03) 5977 9515

Email Greg


Ministerial office:
PO Box 6022
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 7220
Fax: (02) 6273 4146
© Greg Hunt MP 2016 | Authorised by Greg Hunt MP, Liberal Member for Flinders, Somerville, Victoria
Privacy Policy & Disclaimer | Accessibility | Login | Website Design by DSIS