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Dear HIM-Interchange readers Welcome to the third Issue for 2017. I know many of you who have private health insurance will be familiar with that feeling you get when you receive your annual letter notifying you that your premium is increasing.
According to the latest figures from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), nearly half of the Australian population (46.5%) have private hospital treatment cover, and over half (55.5%) have some form of private general treatment cover (APRA, 2017). During the March 2017 quarter, insurers benefits for 2.85 million days in hospital, arising from 1.10 million hospital episodes of care (APRA, 2017). With this volume of activity, the private health sector and its developments are of interest to us not just as consumers who have policies, pay premiums, and utilise private health care, but also as a profession.