Cost of private health insurance tipped to rise

STRUGGLING families are facing another rise in the cost of health insurance as the Federal Government considers whacking customers with even higher premiums. Health insurers, demanding an increase that will cost some customers an extra $200 a year, are lobbying the Government to allow them to pass on their medical inflation costs. But major health funds, acknowledging the public’s intolerance for and inability to pay too many increases, have taken a swipe at the Government, saying Health Minister Sussan Ley could almost immediately save customers $800 million if she dramatically reduced how much insurers paid for internal medical devices. Townsville…
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