value of PHI to alleviate waiting list pressures
hirmaa, the peak-body representing eighteen member-owned and community-based private health insurers says long public hospital waiting lists in Victoria, Australia highlight the value of holding private health insurance.
“Waiting lists in Victoria for common procedures like cataract surgery and hip and knee replacements are leaving many patients in the public system stuck in limbo”, said hirmaa CEO Matthew Koce.
“The situation is showing no sign of improving and provides another demonstration of why private health insurance is so important,” said Mr Koce. “Too often we take our good health for granted and only realise the importance of health insurance once something goes wrong.”
According to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service’s annual report, nearly 41,000 Victorians were waiting for treatment as at 30 June 2015, an increase from around 38,000 a year ago.