Summary of the eighth meeting of the Private Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, 10 May 2017, Department of Health offices (Scarborough House), Canberra

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Attendees

MembersProxies and Secretariat
Dr Jeffrey Harmer AO, ChairAndrea Kunca, Medical Technology Association of Australia
Marcus Dripps, Allied Health Professions AustraliaJohn Biviano, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Anne Trimmer, Australian Medical AssociationCharles Maskell-Knight, Secretariat
Michael Roff, Australian Private Hospitals AssociationSusan Azmi, Secretariat
Toby Hall, Catholic Health AustraliaVanessa Sheehan, Secretariat (Item 1 and 2)
Tony Lawson, Consumers Health ForumJosh Shanahan, Secretariat (Item 3)
Ian Yates AM, COTAMitch Docking, Secretariat (Item 3)
Jane Griffiths, Day Hospitals AustraliaSusan Parker, Chair, Information Provision for Consumers Working Group (Item 4)
Dr Rachel David, Private Healthcare AustraliaAnna Smith, Secretariat (Item 4 and 5)
Garry Richardson, Expert memberPeta McElgunn, Secretariat (Item 4 and 5)
Mark Cormack, ex-officio

Apologies

Matthew Koce, hirmaa
Ian Burgess, Medical Technology Association of Australia
Philip Truskett AM, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

1. Welcome, apologies and introductions

  • The Chair noted apologies for this meeting.

2. Contracting and Default Benefits

  • The Committee agreed that a paper prepared by the Secretariat reflected the views put forward by Committee members at the 4 April 2017 meeting against possible reform options identified in the Contracting and Default Benefits Working Group’s report.
  • The reform options considered focussed on possible changes to the administrative arrangements of the second-tier default benefit and the contracting environment.
  • Following further consideration of the Working Group’s options, some Committee members sought clarification and provided additional views against some options.
  • Committee members also considered one additional option about the provision of second-tier payment rates and agreed that the Secretariat would draft further material for the Committee’s consideration.

3. Product Design

  • The Committee noted some additional product design modelling and analysis undertaken since the last meeting.
  • The Committee discussed an issues paper prepared by the Secretariat summarising the group’s discussions to date on product design and member positions, particularly noting issues where there was not agreement among the Committee members. It was agreed that the paper would be updated in response to members’ feedback.

4. Information Provision

  • Ms Susan Parker, Chair of the Information Provision for Consumers Working Group delivered a presentation to the Committee on the Working Group’s report and areas for potential reform.
  • The reform options aim to make it easier for consumers to understand and compare private health insurance.
  • The Committee discussed the Working Group’s advice and members indicated their level of support against the areas for possible reform.
  • In the main, members agreed to the possible areas for reform identified in the Working Group’s report.

5. Other business