Opinion: Allow Aussies to opt out of Medicare and rely on private health insurance

April 1, 2015

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci

Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci

In an article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Francesco Paolucci, Head of the Health Policy Program at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, argues that Australia’s health financing system needs a reboot to reduce the distortions and inefficiencies created by the overlapping coverage between Medicare and private health insurance.

He says that one solution would be to allow individuals to voluntarily opt out of Medicare entirely and buy full coverage via their private health insurance.

Professor Paolucci calls for a coherent vision followed by consistent action to design and implement the policy changes necessary to guarantee a modern, sustainable and durable health care financing system.

The full article can be read here.

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