Lowest health insurance premium increases in a decade

The Turnbull Government’s action to keep the pressure on private health insurers has helped drive the lowest premium price rise in ten years – lower than any year under the Rudd and Gillard governments. Health funds will have average weighted premium increases from as low as 2.98 per cent, from 1 April 2017. The industry…

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E&OE… Topics: Lowest health insurance premium increases in a decade GREG HUNT: Private health insurances will rise by the lowest amount in a decade this year. Lower than any year under Labor. Lower than the rate at which total payouts have increased for the private health firms. So this is the lowest rise in private…

Transcript – 2GB interview with Mark Levy

E&OE… Topics: Lowest health insurance premium increases in a decade MARK LEVY: Greg Hunt is the Minister for Health. He joins me on the line right now. G'day Greg. GREG HUNT: G'day Mark. MARK LEVY: Now mate, take us through the price hike. Will it vary for people depending on which health fund or policy…

Transcript – ABC Melbourne interview with Rafael Epstein

E&OE… Topics: Lowest health insurance premium increases in a decade RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Greg Hunt is the Health Minister in Malcolm Turnbull’s Federal Government. Minister, good afternoon. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, Raf. RAFAEL EPSTEIN: Is this going to scare people away from private health? GREG HUNT: Look, this is the lowest increase in a decade, it’s…

Transcript – 3AW Drive interview with Tom Elliott

E&OE… Topics: Lowest health insurance premium increases in a decade TOM ELLIOTT: Mr Hunt, good afternoon. GREG HUNT: Good afternoon, Tom. TOM ELLIOTT: Now, you’ve just approved a 4.8 per cent health insurance premium hike that we’ll get coming into letterboxes I think in April. Was that less than what the health funds demanded? GREG…

Professor Julie Quinlivan to head Professional Services Review

Professor Julie Quinlivan has been appointed as the Director of the Professional Services Review (PSR). Professor Quinlivan’s three-year term as Director begins on 13 February 2017. Professor Quinlivan brings a wealth of experience as a practicing medical professional as well as expertise in executive management roles dealing with complex technical, policy and legal issues. The…

Statement on Mr Ben McDevitt

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), Mr Ben McDevitt AM APM, has advised the Government that he has decided to step down as head of ASADA, from 5 May 2017. Mr McDevitt was appointed head of ASADA in May 2014 following a distinguished 30 year career in various national and…

Ovarian cancer event, Canberra

GREG HUNT: Thanks very much to Paula, to Jane, to the incredibly courageous Trudy, and to people from all walks of life here. To my colleagues Kelly and Michaelia and Nola and Ken. To the Leader of the Opposition, to Bill and his team, to Tanya and Catherine and others. I think that we’ve drawn…

Child dental benefit cap to be $1000

The Turnbull Government is increasing the rebate available under the Child Dental Benefit Scheme (CDBS) to $1000 per child for treatment over a two year period. We are committed to ensuring that kids right across Australia – both in cities and remote areas – have access to the dentist when they need it. Under the…

Remarks at cystic fibrosis rally in Canberra

GREG HUNT: To Nettie and to everybody with Cystic Fibrosis Australia, thank you for having me here today and thank you for the fight and commitment that you’ve made to your family members and your friends. This is what life is about, and I’m really delighted to be here with Sarah Henderson, who as the…