Medibank Private defended its Queensland trial to the committee, saying health care costs were skyrocketing and it wanted to prevent patients needing expensive hospital stays.
ADA chief executive Robert Boyd-Boland told the committee that private health insurers had long been involved with the dental sector and anti-competitive practices were common.
Greens Senator Richard Di Natale has proposed changes to laws in response to a Medibank Private trial in south-east Queensland where insured patients receive preferential treatment.
“Our experience with private health insurers is that, without better regulation by government, private health insurers are significantly impacting on the delivery of optimal patient dental care in Australia,” he said.
The Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) told the committee it was concerned the Medibank trial was a move towards a United Statesâ€“style health system.
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