Journal article

First steps towards price transparency: comparability of online out-of-pocket tools from Australian private health funds.

Kelsey Chalmers, Adam G Elshaug, Shaun Larkin

Australian Health Review | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2020

Abstract

Objective The aims of this study were to compare and contrast the information three Australian private health insurance funds (HCF, Bupa and Medibank) have provided on their online out-of-pocket cost tools and to consider the implications this has for price transparency in Australia. Methods Website data were downloaded from HCF, Bupa and Medibank on 18 February 2019. The information and statistics provided on these pages were reviewed, and the procedures compared across funds if their pages had referred to the same Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item(s). Information was extracted regarding descriptions of the claims data used, the types of statistics provided, the out-of-pocket estimates..

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