Sector fronts Senate inquiry


Representatives of the private health sector, consumer and medical groups, will today front a public hearing of the Senate inquiry into the value and affordability of private health insurance and out-of-pocket medical costs.

The hearing comes just weeks after health minister Greg Hunt announced a range of reforms designed to address rising concerns over the affordability of private health insurance.

CEO of Private Healthcare Australia, Dr Rachel David, will appear this afternoon, alongside Bupa's Dr Dwayne Crombie and HCF's Sheena Jack.

CEO of the Medical Technology Association of Australia, Ian Burgess, will appear this morning, followed by Leanne Wells of the Consumers Health Forum.

Representatives of the Department of Health will appear late this afternoon.

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.