Needle and syringe held by gloved at Nambour General Hospital. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Needle and syringe held by gloved at Nambour General Hospital. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

Health rort should be stopped now

PRIVATE health insurance would have to be the biggest rort in Australia.

How appropriate that the annual private health insurance premium increase comes in on April 1, April Fools Day, given that insurers and the government are clearly taking us for fools.

My premium is going up 10%, almost double the 5.59% rise authorised by Health Minister Sussan Ley.

And I'm not the only one being shafted - check out the reaction online.

Laughably, my insurer claims medical costs are skyrocketing and that they're paying out more claims than ever.

They neglect to mention how much profit they make, how many members they have and how much they spend on rebates for debunked quackery like homeopathy.

Ms Ley should have told the insurers where to stick their price rise.

They should be looking at axing the scientifically disproven treatments they fund, pruning their seemingly endless marketing budgets and slicing into their obscene profits.

And the government should ban premium rises until they do.



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