Costs force treat­ment hold-ups

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HIGH health costs have forced al­most two-thirds of Aussies to de­lay med­i­cal treat­ment, a na­tional sur­vey has found.

Aus­tralians are also baf­fled by doc­tor fees, how much their pri­vate health in­sur­ance will pay for a pro­ce­dure and whether to get a sec­ond opin­ion, the re­search found.

It un­cov­ered high lev­els of con­fu­sion about nav­i­gat­ing the coun­try’s com­plex health sys­tem, from se­lect­ing the best GP, to finding a spe­cial­ist and guess­ing the amount of the gap be­tween pri­vate in­sur­ance and Medi­care.

The sur­vey was com­mis­sioned by med­i­cal com­par­i­son web­site Ten­der Health­care.

The Galaxy poll of 1000 Aus­tralians found 89 per cent of peo­ple be­lieve health­care is ex­pen­sive, while 64 per cent con­firmed that they have de­layed treat­ment as a re­sult.

Den­tist Dr Myles Holt, founder of Ten­der Health­care, said 86 per cent of peo­ple felt con­fused about health­care.

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