Calls to allow private health insurance to cover fee gaps

The Australian

24 January 2023 - Health funds are pushing to be able to cover doctors’ gap fees as part of national Medicare reforms as it is revealed one million Australians – many from battler outer-suburban and regional electorates – flocked to take out private health cover during the pandemic amid fears of a disintegrating public system.

Young lower and middle income families led the renewed take-up of health insurance that has reversed a decade long exodus from the private system as elective surgery waiting lists blow out and emergency departments are critically overloaded.

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