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Our Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams is leading the call for people to share their views on how the private health insurance sector can deliver better value for money. A new online survey has been launched by the Federal Government after records revealed half a million ‘all-inclusive’ private health policies had been dumped or downgraded for cheaper options with exclusions and excesses.

In response to the former Labor government reducing the value of the private health insurance rebate, hundreds of thousands of Australians prepaid their policies for up to three years in 2012 just prior to the first of the cuts coming into effect.

Private health insurance is a fundamental part of Australia’s health system, with half the population having some form of cover and the Government spending $5.8 billion on the Private Health Insurance Rebate in 2014-2015.

As well as asking private health customers directly, the government is also holding consultations with insurers, hospitals and doctors to discuss structural reform to the system.

The survey is open now until the 4th of December at www.health.gov.au/PHIconsultations2015-16

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