Health

ACCC report on the private health insurance industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a report on the private health insurance industry, highlighting concerns about the impact of complex information on consumers and the market.

With over 11 million Australian consumers holding over five million policies for their hospital treatment costs, the report reveals the increasing challenges facing consumers in choosing between a large number of policies with greater exclusions.

The ACCC report contains three key observations:

Private health insurance consumer research report

This report provides the findings of research commissioned by the ACCC exploring the relationship between consumers, information provision and the private health insurance industry.

Private health insurance report 2013-14

This report examines whether there are particular problems relating to information provision about private health insurance policies and the impact on consumer behaviour.

Court finds breast imaging provider engaged in misleading conduct

The Federal Court has found that breast imaging provider Breast Check Pty Ltd (now called PO Health Professionals Pty Ltd) engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct and made false representations about the devices used in its breast imaging services, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Former director, Dr Alexandra Boyd was also found to have been knowingly concerned in Breast Check’s conduct.

Private health insurance report 2012-13

This is the fifteenth report prepared by the ACCC in compliance with an order agreed to by the Australian Senate on 25 March 1999 and amended on 18 September 2002.

Tobacco graphic health warnings: supplier guide

This guide provides a summary of the new health warning labelling requirements for tobacco products.

Review of Australian specialist medical colleges

This is a joint review by the ACCC and the AHWOC examining issues of mutual concern to specialist medical colleges and health authorities.