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AHHA hosts symposium to discuss Medicare's future

25 September 2013 - 4:39pm

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) co-hosted a symposium with the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research in Canberra yesterday (September 24).

The symposium, titled 'Universal Healthcare and its Challenges for the Future', was organised to discuss the future of Medicare.

John Deeble, the architect of Medicare, was in attendance and spoke to delegates about the need to reform the Australia's "universal health system" in order to keep up with the changing requirements of our ever-growing population.

Medicare covers a variety of health costs. The majority of Australian taxpayers are required to pay a Medicare Levy to help fund this service.

The Medicare Levy equates to approximately 1.5 per cent of your annual income.

Those who have not organised adequate health insurance may also be required to pay the Medicare Levy Surcharge, which is calculated at between 1 and 1.5 per cent of your annual income.

Medicare has been in operation for 30 years, but according to Dr Anne-Marie Boxall, director of the Deeble Institute, "its future is less than guaranteed".

"Medicare and the governments who fund it are increasingly under pressure, and health policymakers need to seriously look at reform options to ensure Medicare's long-term sustainability," she said in a September 25 statement.

AHHA's chief executive officer, Alison Verhoeven, said yesterday's symposium saw policymakers being urged to develop evidence-informed reform options with input from clinicians and researchers.

If you’re paying the additional Medicare Levy Surcharge then maybe it’s time to consider private health insurance so get in touch with HICA today.

We can offer you a health insurance comparison, so you can make an informed decision about which health insurance provider to organise your policy with.

HICA can also provide you with advice about your Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge responsibilities.