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This new system categorizes coverage into four levels - Basic, Bronze, Silver and Golden - with significantly stricter clinician definition of what is contained at each one. Stephen Duckett, lead health economics professor at the Grattan Institute, said what was important was not necessarily the overall effect, but what was happening to a particular group.
AOA, the Australian Orthopaedic Association, whose members provide arthroplasty, said that the urgency of completing health care reform could maintain many of the issues at stake. Currently, 77 percent of the "basic" and "medium" health care products on the medical device markets cover replacement of hips and knees. With the new system, they are only backed by golden policy.
The spokesperson for Health Minister Greg Hunt said the changes to the category would be "cost neutral" or lower the premium by 0.3 percent, "subject to definitive modelling". Among the issues with the new category, which Deloitte pointed out in his Deloitte reports, is a possible counter-reaction against female discriminatory behaviour by removing reproduction from the bronze scale [for "excellent hospital costs "], while at the same time demanding that this category be listed in bronze for men.
His CEO, Rachel David, said some bewildering characteristics of commodities, such as limited coverage and performance restrictions, would be eliminated. "The Deloitte modeling in the Deloitte reports was "reviewed by health insurance actuaries" and refused, Ms. David said. Ester Han is a health journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Previously, she was a journalist for consumers' issues and also dealt with foods and wines.