The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a report shining a spotlight on private health insurance premiums.
WHAT DID THE ACCC FIND?
* Australians paid about $23.1 billion in premiums in 2016-17, an increase of $1 billion from the previous year.
* As at June 2017, 54.9 per cent of Australians held hospital or general health insurance cover – down 0.6 per cent from the year before.
* Health insurers paid 5.2 per cent more in hospital benefits, and 3.4 per cent more in benefits per person.
* Out-of-pocket expenses decreased by less than a per cent but increased by two per cent for general or extra treatments.
* Consumers are shifting towards lower-cost policies with greater exclusions or a higher excess.
* Complaints to the Private Health Insurance Ombudsman increased by 30 per cent.