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Who?s getting caught? An analysis of the Australian Medicare Safety Net, CHERE Working Paper 2006/8

Kees van Gool (), Elizabeth Savage (), Rosalie Viney (), Marion Haas and Rob Anderson
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Kees van Gool: CHERE, University of Technology, Sydney

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Abstract: The Medicare Safety Net Policy was introduced in March 2004 to provide financial relief for those Australians who face high out-of-pocket costs incurred through out-of-hospital medical services. This study examines variation in Safety Net benefits by federal electorate and by type of medical service. The results indicate widespread variation in Safety Net benefits. There were significantly higher Safety Net benefits in electorates with relatively high median family income and lower health care needs. The study also shows that patients who use private obstetrician and assisted reproductive services are the greatest beneficiaries of the policy. Whilst the Safety Net was introduced to help reduce out-of-pocket medical costs, this analysis shows that it may be missing the intended policy target.

Keywords: Medicare; health care policy; out-of-pocket costs; co-payments; catastrophic insurance; Australia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-07
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