Senate Inquiry into Price Regulation on the Prostheses List
(2018) 25 JLM 324-330
7 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2018
Date Written: February 28, 2018
A recent Senate Inquiry investigated the Prostheses List (PL) which has been an integral part of the private health care system since its introduction in 1985. The PL sets the price of various prostheses products available for private health insurance patients. In recent years, however, the PL has come under scrutiny due to the inflated prices of prostheses, lack of transparency from the list's creators and regulators, and increased premiums. This column critically analyses the recent Senate report, particularly as to whether it appropriately addressed the various concerns and issues raised in submissions and terms of reference of the inquiry and what ongoing role the PL should have in the Australian Healthcare System.
Keywords: Prostheses, Orthopaedic Surgery, Health Law, Cost Effectiveness Regulation
JEL Classification: I33, O34
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