Private health insurance changes increase choice for older Australians
Older Australians will have more choice in health care under the Howard Government's legislation to make private health insurance more affordable.
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18 November 2004
Private health insurance changes increase choice for older AustraliansOlder Australians will have more choice in health care under the Howard Government’s legislation to make private health insurance more affordable, the Federal Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, said.
"I welcome the introduction of this legislation into Parliament today," Ms Bishop said.
"It recognises that as our population ages, growing numbers of older Australians will demand greater choice in where, how and when they receive health and aged care services should they need them.
"By increasing the private health insurance rebate to 35 per cent for people aged 65-69 and to 40 per cent for people aged 70 and over, the Howard Government will make private health insurance premiums $100 to $200 per year cheaper for an estimated one million older Australians.
"This will help enable older Australians to receive the best health care services to meet their individual needs."
Ms Bishop said the new measure built on the Australian Government’s record investment in health and aged care services.
These include the $2.2 billion record funding package for aged care delivered in the 2004 Federal Budget, substantial increases to community care including community nursing and Meals on Wheels services, and increased financial support and respite for carers.
"Through these measures the Australian Government is delivering on our vision for a world class system of aged care that provides high quality, affordable and accessible services to meet the individual needs and choices of older Australians."
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