Catholic Health Australia (CHA) is pleased to respond to the Department of Health’s Private Health Insurance (PHI) reforms forum that was held in December 2017. CHA members support the Department’s approach to hold an open and transparent forum with health stakeholders to consider the recent private health reforms with potential impacts on the health system.
CHA is Australia’s largest non-government not-for-profit grouping of health, community, and aged care services accounting for around 10% of hospital based healthcare in Australia. Our members also provide around 30% of private hospital care, 5% of public hospital care, 12% of aged care facilities, and 20% of home care and support for the elderly. CHA values the goal of a health system that respects human dignity, is person-centred, supports vulnerable populations, and supports the appropriate stewardship of resources. Our members invest heavily in expanding services to those in need and represent one of the predominant groups for private hospital services in regional and rural areas. As the largest grouping of not-for-profit hospitals and aged care services in Australia, we hope our feedback will provide valuable insight for the Department through the next stage of reforms.