The Australian: Rising costs the most important PHI issue
Australians blame health insurers for rising costs in the health system, new consumer research reveals, but an industry expert argues specialists & hospitals are fuelling rocketing costs, leaving insurers to pick up the tab.
By Sarah-Jane Tasker
A survey of 1535 people commissioned by health insurance giant Bupa revealed that Australians had identified addressing rising costs as the single most important factor for improving the healthcare system.
Dwayne Crombie, Bupa’s Australian health insurance boss, said the research presented the industry with an interesting conundrum because while people held insurers most accountable for costs, it was medical specialists and hospitals that set the fees, while insurers and governments were left to pick up the tab.