Posted November 12, 2018 05:14:53 The Turnbull government is introducing a new health insurance scheme to replace the previous Labor-era program, with an initial cap of $200,000 and a further cap of up to $1 million per year.
Key points:The Government is introducing the new health program as part of its “health security” driveThe program will cover all Australians aged 18-44 who have been covered by the Labor-Greens health insurance policy since April 2020, but the cap will rise to $200.3 million in 2020-21 and $300.7 million in 2021-22The scheme will start with 1.6 million enrollees in the three-year-old scheme.
The cap on the annual amount covered will increase to $300 million in 2019-20.
The government is seeking public feedback on the program and will then seek public submissions on how to reform the current scheme in the coming months.
Opposition health spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young says the government is making the policy for political reasons.
“The Government has no choice but to change the Medicare scheme, which it did not need to do when Labor was in power,” she said.
“The scheme is flawed.
It has become unaffordable for low-income families, as they have no choice at all but to pay more for their health.
Health Minister David Shoebridge defended the policy, saying the cap was set in the early stages of the rollout and would be gradually reduced over time.”
It’s based on the number of people who are insured and the cost of providing that insurance.””
The cap is a cap.
It’s based on the number of people who are insured and the cost of providing that insurance.”
This is a fair thing to set and we want to make sure it’s fair for everyone.
“Health Minister Shoeb says the cap on annual cost will increase in 2020 to $400 million but he will not say how it will be determined.
He also said the new policy would be paid for by the states and territories. “
We have no intention of cutting that cap,” he told reporters.
He also said the new policy would be paid for by the states and territories.
Mr Shoebeld said there was no “hidden cost” in the scheme, and it was simply based on how many people were covered by Medicare and the “cost of providing health insurance”.
“There’s a cap on how much you can pay.
That cap is set by the Government of Australia, and the Government is determined to get the right cost to pay for the scheme,” he added.
Labor Health spokeswoman Sarah Hobson said the scheme was unfair.
“What we’ve seen in the current health insurance system is the Government and Labor, Labor only, has failed to pay its fair share, Labor’s share, in the health care system,” she told reporters in Sydney.
The scheme has been plagued by cost overruns and cost overruning by both Labor and the Coalition.
As part of the reform, Medicare will also see a reduction in payments to hospitals and medical devices companies, but it is unclear what the government will do about them.
Labor’s Medicare spokesman, Adam Bandt, said Labor had introduced an overhaul of the health system to ensure the Government could pay its “fair share” and protect the interests of low- and middle-income Australians.
“These reforms will make it easier for Australians to save for their healthcare,” he was quoted as saying.
Earlier, Labor Health spokeswoman, Sarah Hobbs, said the policy was not an easy sell and would only be a temporary solution.
Ms Hobbs also said a review of the scheme should be launched soon.
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