PHI 45/11

This circular issued by the Private Health Insurance Branch contains information on Changes to the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Rules

Page last updated: 01 November 2012

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28 June 2011

Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2011 (No. 3) and the Private Health Insurance (Complying Products) Amendment Rules 2011 (No. 4)

Changes to the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Rules

The Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2011 (No. 3) (the Benefit Requirements Amendment Rules) were registered with the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) on 22 June 2011 (FRLI No: F2011L01145) and commence on 1 July 2011. These rules amended the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Rules 2010. The amendments are as follows:
  1. Increases to overnight accommodation benefits and same day accommodation benefits at private hospitals and public hospitals (except in Queensland and the Northern Territory) to reflect the March 2010 to March 2011 Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase.
  2. Increases to the minimum benefits for Nursing-Home Type Patients (NHTP) in public hospitals in the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia to reflect the twice annual pension increase which occurred 20 March 2011.
  3. Updates to add, rearrange and remove MBS item number listings to reflect 1 July 2011 changes to the MBS and remove redundancies in the Rules.
  4. Changes to add, remove and update the address and/or names of Second Tier facilities. Further information about this is available in PHI Circular 43/11.
Details of the amendments are set out in the Benefit Requirements Amendment Rules, which are available on the ComLaw website.

Changes to the Private Health Insurance (Complying Product) Rules

The Private Health Insurance (Complying Product) Amendment Rules 2011 (No. 4) (Complying Product Amendment Rules) were registered with the FRLI on 20 June 2011 (FRLI No: F2011L01076) and commence on 1 July 2011. These Rules amended the Private Health Insurance (Complying Product) Rules 2010 (No. 2). The amendment is as follows:

Amendments have been made to Rule 8A to increase the NHTP contribution rates payable at public hospitals in the Australian Capital Territory from $47.35 to $49.20.

Details of the amendments are set out in the Complying Product Amendment Rules, which are available on the ComLaw website.

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