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Policy change and private health insurance: Did the cheapest policy do the trick?

Butler, J.R.G; Gavin Mooney; Aileen Plant


From the introduction of Australia’s national health insurance scheme (Medicare) in 1984 until recently, the proportion of the population covered by private health insurance declined steadily. Following an Industry Commission inquiry into the private health insurance industry in 1997, a number of policy changes were effected in an attempt to reverse this trend. The main policy changes were of two types: “carrots and sticks” financial incentives that provided subsidies for purchasing, or tax...[Show more]

CollectionsANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH)
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Australian Health Review
Access Rights: Open Access


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