Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee

This page contains information on the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Page last updated: 09 May 2017

On 8 September 2016 the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee was established to examine all aspects of private health insurance and provide government with advice on reforms including:

  • developing easy-to-understand categories of health insurance
  • developing standard definitions for medical procedures across all insurers for greater transparency and simplifying billing
  • ensuring private health insurance meets the specific needs of Australians living in rural and remote Australia.
Media release "New Committee to provide recommendations on private health insurance reform"

The committee met for the first time on 29 September 2016. The outcomes, including discussion and next steps, from each meeting will be published here under the Meeting Summary link below.

Committee membership

Chair

Dr Jeffrey Harmer AO has been selected to chair the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Committee members

Committee members have been selected from the following organisations:
  • Consumers Health Forum - Mr Tony Lawson
  • COTA - Mr Ian Yates AM
  • Private Healthcare Australia - Dr Rachel David
  • hirmaa - Mr Matthew Koce
  • Australian Private Hospitals Association - Mr Michael Roff
  • Catholic Health Australia - Mr Toby Hall
  • Day Hospitals Australia - Ms Jane Griffiths
  • Australian Medical Association - Ms Anne Trimmer
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons - Mr Philip Truskett AM
  • Allied Health Professions Australia - Mr Marcus Dripps
  • Medical Technology Association of Australia - Ms Andrea Kunca
  • Independent expert - Mr Garry Richardson.

Committee – Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference guide the work of the Committee.

Committee – work plan

The Committee has agreed to the committee work plan. This will form the basis of Committee and working group considerations through to late 2017.

Committee – Meeting Summaries

  1. Meeting Number 1 – 29 September 2016
  2. Meeting Number 2 – 9 November 2016
  3. Meeting Number 3 – 7 December 2016
  4. Meeting Number 4 – 1 February 2017
  5. Meeting Number 5 – 22 February 2017
  6. Meeting Number 6 – 15 March 2017
  7. Meeting Number 7 – 4 April 2017

Improving the value of private health for rural and remote consumers workshop – Summary

The Committee agreed a workshop be held with a range of stakeholder groups to discuss opportunities for improving the value of private health for rural and remote consumers. The workshop was held on 12 December 2016.

The Summary of workshop on improving the value of private health for rural and remote consumers contains the meeting outcomes.

Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group

The Committee established a working group whose members have expertise in the private health insurer/hospital contracting environment to work in partnership on the development of possible reforms to contracting and private health insurance default benefit arrangements. The working group held its first meeting on 2 February 2017.

The Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group Terms of Reference guide the group’s work and have been approved by the Committee.

A meeting summary will be published following each meeting of the working group.

1. Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group Meeting Number 1 – 2 February 2017
2. Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group Meeting Number 2 – 9 February 2017
3. Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group Meeting Number 3 – 21 February 2017
4. Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group Meeting Number 4 - 3 March 2017

Information Provision for Consumers Working Group

The Committee has established a working group whose members have expertise in the private health insurer/information provision environment to work in partnership on the development of possible reforms relating to what information is provided to consumers and how that information is delivered. The working group held its first meeting on 28 February 2017.

The Information Provision for Consumers Working Group Terms of Reference guide the group’s work and have been approved by the Committee.

A meeting summary will be published following each meeting of the working group.

1. Summary of Meeting 1 of the Information Provision Working Group
2. Summary of Meeting 2 of the Information Provision Working Group
3. Summary of Meeting 3 of the Information Provision Working Group

Clinical Definitions Working Group

The Committee has established a working group whose members have expertise in the private health insurer/clinical practice environment to work in partnership on the development of possible reforms to standardise clinical definitions used in the information that insurers provide about their products.

The Clinical Definitions Working Group Terms of Reference guide the group’s work and have been approved by the Committee.

A meeting summary will be published following each meeting of the working group.

1. Summary of Meeting 1 of the Clinical Definitions Working Group 22 March 2017
2. Summary of Meeting 2 of the Clinical Definitions Working Group 19 April 2017

Please direct any enquiries to PHMAC Secretariat

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