A paid service

As an alternative to private health insurance.

Could public health provide a Health+ paid service where you could get some of the benefits of more basic insurance.

I.e reduced wait times and access to slightly broader range of services.


Why the contribution is important

When we've used our health insurance, we see the same specialists we would see via public health.

It could bring in a lot of extra money into a dhb - As a family of 3, we pay almost $300/month to southern cross for pretty basic insurance. Any service we are likely to claim on could be provided by a public hospital and I would far rather my premiums go to helping others instead of paying for fancy under utilised hospitals and non medical insurance admin staff.


by CasseyW on April 14, 2023 at 07:44AM

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  • Posted by coco April 18, 2023 at 16:22

    I don't like this. It's another step further towards a private health system. It would make health care unfair. Jumping the queue because you can afford isn't fair on the people who can't afford it.
  • Posted by Macer17 April 25, 2023 at 08:23

    My concern is how the tension between equity and this service will be balanced and whether the same services would be available in all regions. I would recommend developing an equitable service before introducing a paid service. Unless it can be proved the paid service will improve services for those not able to afford the service and reduce wait lists
  • Posted by CasseyW April 26, 2023 at 09:14

    Another way to look at this is we already have something pretty similar to this if it is an accident and it works much better than non accident healthcare.

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