Cuts urged for private health rebate

State governments and Catholic Health have called for the Federal Government to cut the $2.3 billion private health fund rebate following a report by Medicare's architect, health economist Professor John Deeble. The report found that the rebate has had virtually no impact on the increase in private health fund membership, nor on public hospital waiting lists.

However, the Federal health Minister disagrees with Professor Deeble's findings and claims the 30 per cent rebate has increased the number of people with private health insurance and also raised the number of patients treated in private hospitals. She said the Federal Government is committed to the rebate.

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