Health Spending in the Bush: an analysis of the geographic distribution of the private health insurance rebate

by Richard Denniss

The coalition’s introduced a 30% private health insurance rebate, costing $2.5 billion per annum. This policy favours urban centres as rural areas have less private hospitals; less money from the rebate going to them, on a per capita bias; and will be affected by the yearly rise in prices after the age of 30. As such the rebate policy to promote private health insurance will not be as effective in rural areas, as it is in urban.

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