Costs force treatment hold-ups
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.