Obstetricians welcome Government reforms to Private Health Insurance

13 October 2017

Media Release

President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), Professor Steve Robson, today welcomed the reforms to Private Health Insurance (PHI) announced by the Australian Government.
“We feel this change is overdue and action is needed in this critical area,” said Professor Robson.
“The reforms announced today provide a good framework for moving forward, but there is plenty left to do. It’s a promising start.”
“Maternity care is one of the most common reasons that young families take out private cover.”
“Australia’s families need clarity on maternity cover in their policies – and they need it now.”
RANZCOG is committed to working with Government and Private Health Insurers to ensure the viability of maternity care.
“Having a baby is often the first experience young families have with Private Health Insurance.  Getting private maternity cover right for Australians should be one of the Government’s highest priorities.”
Professor Robson commends Government efforts to reform this key area of the health sector.
“An affordable, responsive and viable private healthcare system in Australia ensures that all Australians can continue to access the best maternity healthcare when they need it.”




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