Australians deserve a fair deal on medical devices
The cost of medical devices is one of the largest drivers of premium increases. Currently, the price of medical devices in Australia is around 30% higher than in countries such as New Zealand, France and the UK.
For example, the same stem item used in hip replacements costs more than $4,000 in Australia, while in New Zealand and the UK it costs just $1,800. Australian private health insurers pay up to five times as much for cardiac stents.
It’s time the government changed the way medical devices are priced.
The current medical device regime keeps premiums high and ensures that big multinational medical device companies make much larger profits in Australia compared to other countries.
By changing medical device costs, private healthcare premiums will reduce, with no effect on the quality or accessibility of the devices that your doctor can recommend.
The Government must reform medical device pricing
Australians are rightfully proud of our healthcare system. Our doctors and nurses are outstanding, and our hospitals are among the best in the world.
But without a strong private healthcare system, our public hospitals would be overwhelmed and could not provide the same level of care to those who need it most.
That’s why it’s so important that the Government does all it can to keep private healthcare affordable.
In Australia, the Federal Government’s Prostheses List set the prices for more than 11,000 items including medical devices like screws and stents used on common surgical procedures like knee and hip replacements.
Private health funds are required to pay a set price for items on the Prostheses List regardless of quality, efficacy, efficiency or safety. The same items in the UK or New Zealand can be $100s or even $1,000s of dollars less.
The Federal Government must reform the Prostheses List by January 2022.