Outcome 9 is focused on providing the community with access to cost-effective, quality private health care services, and improving people’s choice in services covered by private health insurance.
To achieve this in 2007–08, the Department managed the funding for private health insurance rebates to individuals and families, which helped reduce the cost of premiums and made private health insurance more affordable. Insurers were also encouraged to offer cover for a broader range of services that can be delivered outside hospital settings.
This chapter reports on the major activities undertaken by the Department during the year, addressing each of the key strategic directions and performance indicators published in the Outcome 9 chapters of the 2007–08 Health and Ageing Portfolio Budget Statements and 2007–08 Health and Ageing Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements.
The Acute Care Division was responsible for Outcome 9 in 2007–08.
Produced by the Portfolio Strategies Division, Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.
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