Health care costs to injure members

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

JOHN Grainger and wife, Lorraine, cancelled their private health cover 20 years ago and haven't looked back.

But for those who remain under the private health umbrella, another price hike means they can expect increases of up to $200 per annum.

"I don't think it (private health insurance) is all it's cracked up to be,'' Mr Grainger said.

He said even though he suffered diabetes and heart conditions, he still believed he was better off in the public health system.

"I don't think we're any worse off for not having it,'' he said.

"If anything goes wrong we just go to the hospital or wait our turn to see the experts.

"It's up to each individual to decide, but I've got no problems with the public system.''

Private health insurance premiums are expected to rise between seven and 10 per cent from April 1, due to an increasing number of Australians taking out private health insurance and the subsequent increase in hospital claims.



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