Cost drop not guaranteed
HEALTH funds are refusing to guarantee premium rises will not soar higher than inflation despite saving over $1 billion in new health reforms.
And health fund groups claim the reforms will shave just $34 from an expected $200 a year premium hike next year.
The government is also facing a major backlash over its decision to end health fund subsidies for natural therapies with a social media protest read by over 70,000 people.
Insurers have revealed that unless health funds get an extra 50,000 young members as a result of a new 10 per cent price discount older health fund members will have to pay higher premiums.