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Australian health insurance to include preventive measures

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1052
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The federal government has expanded Australia's private health insurance regime to encourage more coverage of preventive medicine—such as fitness programmes approved by doctors. The wide reaching changes mean that insurance companies will be able to pay for smoking cessation programmes and health plans to manage conditions such as diabetes, instead of charging for costly extra cover.

    The moves were announced to soften the blow of the government's decision to sell Medibank Private, the largest of the country's 38 funds, for an estimated $A1bn (£400m; 荤600m; $800m). …

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