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HBF seeks new relationship with Canberra

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After five years during which relations between the Federal Government and private health insurers have been severely tested, the head of WA’s leading fund, HBF, is looking forward to a very different relationship after this weekend’s election.

HBF Managing Director, Rob Bransby believes the interests of health fund members have been largely neglected by Canberra during the past five years.

“Under this administration we’ve seen a series of measures that have made health insurance more expensive for members. Many have seen their private health insurance rebate cut or removed altogether. The indexing of the rebate to CPI means that the relative value of a member’s rebate is almost certain to fall in the years ahead.”

Mr Bransby welcomed the Coalition’s promise to restore the private health insurance rebate if it were elected, saying it was time the contribution of those with private health insurance was recognised.

“The majority of Western Australians have health cover and are effectively paying twice towards their health – through the Medicate Levy and their health insurance premiums. Yet for the last five years they have been treated as if they were an over-privileged minority by the Federal Government,” Mr Bransby said.

Mr Bransby believes recent changes have made private health insurance so complex that many Australians are now put off taking out health cover.

Mr Bransby said that after five years when funds like HBF have repeatedly clashed with government he was looking forward to a period of collaboration with government.

“Whoever is elected to power this weekend, we stand ready to work collaboratively with Canberra on issues such as the escalating cost of health care in this country,” Mr Bransby said.



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For further details please contact:
Andrew Walton
Group Public Affairs Manager
HBF
Phone: 08 9265 6181 / 0438 925 050
Email: andrew.walton@hbf.com.au

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