PHI 16/14

This circular issued by the Private Health Insurance Branch contains information about Changes to Second-Tier Eligible Hospitals

Page last updated: 19 March 2014

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19 March 2014

Changes to Second-Tier Eligible Hospitals

The Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2014 (No. 1) (the Amendment Rules) were registered with the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) and commence on 20 March 2014 (FRLI Number: F2014L00309). Changes to the Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Rules 2011 (the Rules) relating to Schedule 5 – Second-Tier Default Benefits are outlined below.

As advised in PHI 07/13, the Rules no longer contain a list of facilities eligible for
second-tier default benefits. Rather, the Rules reference a list of eligible facilities maintained by the Second Tier Advisory Committee (STAC).

The Amendment Rules update the reference to the latest STAC-approved list of second-tier eligible facilities published in this circular. The current STAC-approved list of second-tier eligible facilities is at Attachment A.

Attachment B outlines the changes made to the STAC-approved list as a result of the 21 February 2014 meeting.

Next Second Tier Advisory Committee Meeting

The next STAC meeting will be held on Friday, 16 May 2014.

The closing date for applications is Thursday, 17 April 2014.

Please note that applicants are required to submit nine stapled copies of their application and at least an original covering letter to:

Second Tier Advisory Committee Secretariat
Australian Private Hospitals Association
PO Box 7426
Canberra BC ACT 2610

Information which must be included in applications is outlined in the Sample application 2012 (updated) located on the Australian Private Hospitals Association Website. Select Industry Resources.

For any enquiries regarding the STAC-approved list of second-tier eligible facilities, or for any further information, please email APHA.

Second Tier Renewal Reminder

Please note that the second-tier status of private hospital facilities listed at Attachment C is due to expire on 30 June 2014.

Hospitals wishing to apply for continued eligibility need to submit an application to the STAC in accordance with the process detailed above.

If you require further information please telephone: (02) 6289 9853/24 hr answering machine or email the enquiry to Private Health Insurance Branch.

For more information visit 2014 Private Health Insurance (PHI) Circulars.

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