Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Same treatment, same policy, same rebate - ADA calls for end to discriminatory rebates at Senate Inquiry into private health insurance

About the Senate Inquiry

The ADA has successfully lobbied for a Senate Inquiry into private health insurance calling for an end to discriminatory rebates - standing up for the Australian public and dentists.

On Tuesday 31 October, ADA President Hugo Sachs and CEO Damian Mitsch appeared before the Senate Inquiry into private health insurance where they made a strong and well-informed case for legislative change to prohibit the use of discriminatory rebates.

“Patients who hold the same policy and who receive the same treatment should receive the same rebate from their health fund, irrespective of the dentist who provides that treatment.”

This was the clear message at the Senate Inquiry. Find out more on our Facebook posts.

About the ADA's submission

The ADA’s submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Private Health Insurance Inquiry, which was published on the Inquiry website 13 October, highlights the discriminatory, anti-competitive and at times unethical way some health funds are operating in the “extras” insurance space, with negative consequences for many consumers and dental practitioners.

In its submission, the ADA made 26 recommendations for reform designed to make “extras” insurance and the operations of private health funds more transparent, more accountable, and fairer for all policy holders and healthcare providers.

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Dr Hugo Sachs also appeared on radio to discuss health insurance and how it discriminates against dental procedures.

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Listen to Hugo Sachs and Damian Mitsch talking about the Senate Inquiry

Photo sourced from ADA Facebook page