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What caused my private health insurance premiums to rise?
Many Australians have learned that their private health insurance premiums will increase from 1 April 2018 and the issue is on everyone's lips: "Why?" At bib everything revolves around openness, so here are the key drivers why your premiums have moved and what we're doing to keep them as low as possible - without all the lengthy description and company mantra.
What's the big deal with my bonus? Firstly, there is the issue of rising prices for general goods and general service. So for example, that soymilk that you purchased for $3.75 in 2012 is likely to be sold for nearer to $5.50 now, your power bill has gone up and the auto insurance that once cost you $600 is now billing you $699.
As healthcare professionals have to spend more for things like health devices, medicines and personnel (as well as rental, power, etc.), they may have to raise the price they demand for their services. Let's put things in a realistic example: In fiscal 2012, the mean amount of services disbursed by Mr. Dib per single clinical event was $2,247.
Between now and fiscal 2017, this number had risen to 2,683 US dollars, an improvement of 19% in just five years. That is why the amount we are paying the suppliers to keep you healthy is increasing all the time. Australia's growing elderly populations, combined with an increasing incidence of illnesses such as cardiac diseases and diabetics, mean that more Australians are using health care than ever before.
Given that these developments will persist, this means that the health care system will be put under greater strain, even when private health insurance companies make demands. During 2017, more clients than ever before turned to springs to make a claim, and that' s why we are here - so you can get health care and buy it.
Aggregate payments we made for fiscal 2017 totaled $1.4 billion. This represents an improvement of 5.4% over the prior year. While the more benefit we give back to our clients, the more we have to bill to recover the cost, we know that sometimes small changes in lifestyles can mean big changes in health.
In order to cope with the growing tendency towards costly and severe surgery such as surgery of the knees and hips, we provide our customers with health management programs1 - so they can prevent the need for intrusive surgery - it really is a win-win situation for everyone! Many Australians have the federal government, through the Australia Government Rebate on Private Health Insurance (AGR), contributing to the cost of their health insurance contributions; however, each year the government's contributions to your health insurance contributions are adapted.
As of April 1, the AGR will fall, meaning that if you are entitled to this discount, the federal administration will pay less to your total awards and that means you will pay more. Predicting further contribution rises is challenging as they are largely contingent on claim expenses and the corresponding public incentive and reform measures.
As the health care sector is highly regulatory, the Federal Minister of Health must authorise any change to your premiums - and this can only be done once a year. During 2018, we worked relentlessly to provide our clients with the smallest rate growth in 15 years. Mean spring growth this year is 3.93%, while mean spring growth in the sector is 3.95%2.
Knowing that the cost of health insurance is a central issue for our clients, we will remain committed to keeping health insurance affordable and adding value. How does the spring minimize the rise? Fitzgibbon declares that after month-long advocacy, the federal government in October 2017 announces that it has reached an arrangement with pacemaker and prosthesis makers to lower prices for these products.
And, as pledged, we were able to pass on every penny of the anticipated cost reductions from the prosthetic reform and reduce the pressures on contribution growth. In 2017, we received 314,126 hospitalizations with an annual median payment of $2,683 per event. Our interventions are designed to help endangered Aussians recover before they go to bed and are available at no extra cost to qualifying clients with health insurance who have met their qualifying times1. ndib has reached arrangements with most of Australia's private Australian clinics and we negotiate new policies on a regular basis.
This agreement limits the charges levied by your host country for hospitalization on your name. It also limits the amount of money you may have to spend when you go to work. Because we work diligently to remove all costs for our clients, we have MediGap.