Journal article

The effect of increased private health insurance coverage on Victorian public hospitals.

Neil Powers, Vijaya Sundararajan, Steve Gillett, Ric Marshall

Aust Health Rev | Published : 2003


It was anticipated that the recent reforms to private health insurance arrangements would reduce the demand pressures on Australian public hospitals. However, this has not been demonstrated by trends in elective surgery waiting lists in Victorian public hospitals. Moreover, it appears that the increased caseload assumed by Victorian private hospitals since the reforms took effect mainly reflects an increase in low cost same day episodes.