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CHOICE response to APRA Quarterly Health Insurance Statistics (December 2019)

Quotes attributable to CHOICE Health Campaigner Dean Price.

Quotes attributable to CHOICE Health Campaigner Dean Price:

"Australians are abandoning private health insurance and it's no wonder - private health insurance costs too much, is too confusing and offers too little value. When you buy health insurance, you expect to be looked after when the worst happens, but our health insurance is letting us down with unexpected costs and unnecessary stress at the worst of times."

"Today's APRA statistics are further proof of the death spiral in private health insurance. This is another quarter in which fewer people have bought private health insurance. Young people are voting with their feet and telling health insurers what they're offering is poor value."

"We know that premiums are going to increase on April 1. With some funds increasing by nearly 6 percent from April, we just can't see the health insurance death spiral slowing."

"CHOICE calls on the government to address the increasing costs of premiums, which are made worse by the increasing out-of-pocket costs that come with using your health insurance. We want them to review the whole system by undertaking a thorough public inquiry and commit to taking all necessary action to make sure people have access to fair healthcare."

Media contact: 0430 172 669, media@choice.com.au