Senate wants government response on PHI report

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The Senate has backed a motion calling on the government to table its response to a Senate report on the value and affordability of private health insurance.

The report was tabled in December last year.

The committee's report included 19 recommendations, including that the Department of Health publish the fees of individual medical practitioners in a searchable database, a requirement for insurers to publish all rebates by policy and item number, as well as disclose executive remuneration and other administrative costs. It also recommended intermediaries be required to disclose any commissions.

Private Healthcare Australia welcomed the recommendations but cautioned against unnecessary regulation.

The Senate passed a motion moved by Senator Stirling Griff of the Centre Alliance earlier this week calling on the government to table its report this morning (15 November).