Insurance savings should flow back into healthcare: ANF
21/02/2012 - THE $2.4 billion in savings stemming from means-testing the private health insurance must be injected back into Australia's healthcare system, the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) said on Friday.
"All Australians must have access to the very best healthcare, whether they have private health insurance or are patients seeking treatment in the public hospital system there must be health equity for all," ANF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas said on Friday.
"Whilst the removal of the private health insurance rebate is undoubtedly a blow for mid to high income earners, we are calling on the Gillard Government to ensure the substantial savings flowing from the rebate change are directed back into areas such as health promotion, primary health care, a reduction in elective surgery waiting lists, emergency waiting times and the private and public aged care system.
"The Government has committed $165 million to improve public dental services, a very welcome addition as oral health is so imperative to the overall general health of all Australians.
"The Government also said it was committed to strengthening Australia's health system, making sure it provides the best possible health care to Australians, where they need it, when they need it.
"The ANF agrees and now calls on the Government to re-invest in health services for all Australians."
The ANF, with over 214,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.