Pre­mi­ums set to rise

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

HEALTH fund pre­mium in­creases will ex­ceed in­fla­tion again next year, ris­ing by an av­er­age 2.9 per cent in April.

It will be the low­est rise in 18 years but comes at a price with many fund mem­bers los­ing ben­e­fits for key pro­ce­dures like pri­vate births.

The hike will cost a fam­ily around $130 a year and sin­gles $60 a year and will sur­pass the in­fla­tion rate by 50 per cent. Pri­vate Health­care Aus­tralia CEO Dr Rachel David said: “Fur­ther re­form of this sec­tor is crit­i­cal if it is go­ing to re­main safe and af­ford­able.”

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