Menu
News

People in rural areas have trouble accessing health services

PEOPLE in rural and remote areas with private health insurance have more trouble accessing recognised health services than those living in major cities, a report on the insurance industry has revealed.

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission handed its annual report on practices in the private health insurance industry to the Senate on Friday.

Its latest report found private health insurance companies recognised at least one category of health service provider for each service covered.

But it found "some members experience difficulty accessing the services of providers that are recognised by their insurer and may need to call on the services of an unrecognised provider".

"This is more common in rural and remote areas where the number of recognised providers is not always sufficient to meet consumer demand," the report reads.

While the report did find differences by region, it showed most private health insurance companies did have regard for member demand for services.

Topics:  accc australian consumer and competition commission health insurance health services



Need a break from the daily grind yet?

PRIZE HOLIDAY: A $1000 travel voucher is up for grabs.

Would a $1000 Flight Centre gift card help?

Search for missing swimmer enters its second day

SEARCH ONGOING: Emergency services continue to search for a 22-year-old man, believed to be from Queensland, who was swept out to sea by a rip when swimming at Valla Beach on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Emergency services continue to look for man pulled out to sea in rip

Local schools rank third in student expulsion numbers

23 local students were expelled for unsatisfactory participation while 18 were expelled for misbehaviour during 2016.

41 students expelled from Mid North Coast public schools in a year.

Local Partners