Inquiry gets reporting extension date

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An extension in the reporting date for the Senate inquiry into the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.

The inquiry, which was scheduled to report on 27 November, has been granted an extention to 15 December.

The inquiry, announced in June and scheduled to report later this year, is chaired by Senator Rachel Siewert of the Greens. The Liberal Party's Senator Slade Brockman is deputy chair. Other members include Labor's Sam Dastyari and Murray Watt.

The extension comes as the Turnbull government announced changes to the remaining 2017 sitting schedule.

Next week's scheduled sitting of the House of Representatives has been cut. It is now scheduled to sit for one week starting 4 December. It is scheduled to resume sitting on 5 February 2018.

Government leader of the house and minister for defence industry, Christopher Pyne, said the change was designed to ensure legislation enabling same sex marriage was approved by the end of the year. He said it would also allow the parliament to "resolve the citizenship issue”.

The Senate inquiry will report after health minister Greg Hunt announced a raft of reforms to private health insurance, including the pricing of prostheses, and considers applications for 2018 premium increases.