Fairness within the health sector of Australia is fast becoming a focal point within the health practice landscape.
Recently, the ADA (Australian Dental Association) launched a petition to bring Parliament attention towards ending discriminatory rebates within the dental industry. More specifically, the ADA is talking about dental preferred-provider platforms.
What is a preferred provider?
The most expansive and numerous preferred provider platforms are hosted by Australia’s biggest health insurers. Medibank has the Member’s Choice network, BUPA has the Member’s First network, HCF has the More For You program (with specific names for each industry, for example: More for Teeth in dental), and HBF, AHM by Medibank, and NIB, all have specified preferred health providers in multiple locations.
Freedom to choose. Fairness by choice.
The biggest threat that preferred provider programs bring to our community is in relation to freedom and fairness. It threatens our freedom to choose who we attend for important health services and treatments without being penalized. It severely wounds independent health practice in Australia by shepherding insured Australians to practices in contract with certain health insurers, creating a biased and ultimately unfair landscape of choice. Remember, over 80% of insured Australians are with the top five largest health insurers, all of which host Australia most prominent preferred provider platforms.
Fair Health Care Alliance approves the following private health funds
Here is a list of health funds in Australia who we think fits our criteria for being fair and who encourage the non-discriminatory choice of provider for health services. Please note that some of these funds have very minimal preferred providers, which we have detailed below the table.
* Health Partners have four branded dental centres in and around Adelaide city.
** Teachers Health Fund, Nurses & Midwives and Unihealth have five health centres total in Surry Hills NSW, Parramatta NSW, Hamilton NSW, Richmond VIC, and Adelaida SA.
Support this health funds – get a quote
You can support the health funds listed above by considering them in your next health insurance comparison quote. By doing so, you are drawing a line in the sand and making a strong statement: that all Australians should have complete and total freedom in choosing their own health providers, and that they should receive fair rebates from their insurer despite who or where they choose to attend for treatment.
We are able to organize a formal comparison quote with some of these approved health funds. We do not work with all of them, although, we would certainly like to given the opportunity. We will help you compare any policies with health funds that might interest you side-by-side against the health fund you may be currently with.