We’ll cut to the chase and go straight to learning. Today we’ll be discussing Australia’s Private Healthcare System and the most common questions users want to learn about it. The private or independent healthcare sector is formed of hospitals and clinics which are run independently of the National Health Service (NHS). they’re normally run by an organization, although some are also run by charities or not for profit organisations.
If you wish to use the services of a personal healthcare provider, you’re accountable for the fees payable, since the NHS doesn’t subsidise any of the prices for personal healthcare.
Private treatment centres are completely independent, you can, in most cases, like better to be treated where ever you prefer. the costs and facilities available will vary from hospital to hospital so if you’re a ‘cash buyer’ (paying for treatment yourself) you’ll want to buy around. Some NHS hospitals may provide a personal wing or clinic which can provide private care at cheaper prices.
Private health insurance costs vary based on what they cover and also state by state. Research by Finder.com.au put the average cost for hospital insurance for an individual at around AU$2,000 per year, and ‘extras’ only at $850.
Australia has a system of universal public healthcare: Australian residents all have the right to healthcare subsidised by the government-run organisation, Medicare. Almost half the country has private health insurance on top of this.
Medicare covers a huge proportion of basic costs, although it’s not always given upfront: you may need to pay yourself and claim money back. It’s primarily funded through tax: residents face a ‘Medicare levy’ as part of their basic tax payments.
Private health insurance members with a sufficient level of hospital cover are exempt from paying the Medicare Levy Surcharge. If you are on a higher income, it’s often cheaper to get private health insurance than it is to pay the additional surcharge. The MLS will increase to 1.25% if you earn over $105,000 ($210,000 for couples, families and single parents) and 1.5% if you earn over $140,000 ($280,000 for couples, families and single parents).
There are a number of benefits to be had from private medical insurance. The private cover will typically give you access to increased medical resources, reduced hospital waiting times, and a wider range of specialist treatments, as well as a private room.
In the end, it is still up to you to decide whether getting private healthcare is best for you
There are 38 private health insurance companies in Australia for you to choose from. However, not all funds are open to the public; some are restricted to specific groups of people, for example, the Teachers Health fund generally only offers cover to Australians in the education community.
Source: Private Health Insurance Ombudsman
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