Health cover rebate no great cure

New research shows that private health insurance is still unaffordable for many low-income households, despite the Federal Government's $2.5 billion a year on rebates. Only 23 per cent of Australians with incomes under $20,000 a year have private health cover, only marginally up on the 20 per cent in 1998. During those five years private health insurance premiums have risen 23 per cent. The Roy Morgan research also showed that high-income earners are no more likely to take out private health cover now than before the Federal Government introduced its rebate. Of those earning over $100,000 a year, 76 per cent now have private health insurance – unchanged from 1998.