Australian insurers accused of overcharging

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:75
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Australian correspondent Guardian.

    A report commissioned by the Australian Medical Association has found that private health insurance companies are overcharging their members and contributing to their own decline. It found that recent 20% increases in premiums far outstripped the amount the not for profit companies are paying out in benefits to members. “Unless the health insurance industry can find a way to curb premium increases they will be left with an increasingly unsaleable product,” said Roger Kilham, an economic consultant and author of the report.

    The findings come at a crucial …

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