ACCC report to the Senate on private health insurance

Closed 17 Mar 2017

Opened 17 Feb 2017

Results updated 30 Mar 2017

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The ACCC is consulting on its 18th annual report to the Senate on the private health insurance industry for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

The ACCC is tasked by an order of the Senate to report on any anti‑competitive or other practices by health insurers or providers which reduce the extent of health cover for consumers and increase their out-of-pocket medical and other expenses.

This year, the ACCC will produce a focussed report that provides an update on key consumer and competition developments and trends for 2015-16.

Submissions are due by Friday 17 March 2017.

Providing a submission

As with previous reports, the ACCC welcomes stakeholders’ input into this report. However the ACCC is also conscious that the industry has been asked to contribute to a number of consultation processes over the last 18 months. The ACCC does not wish to unnecessarily add to this burden.

The consultation letter below provides further details regarding the types of data and information the ACCC would be particularly interested in receiving.

How to make a submission

The ACCC prefers to receive electronic copies of submissions, either in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Please forward submissions and enquiries to

Confidentiality claims

To foster an informed and consultative process, all submissions will be considered public and will be posted on the ACCC website.

Interested parties wishing to submit commercial in-confidence material to the ACCC should submit both a public and a commercial-in-confidence version of their submission. The public version of the submission should clearly identify the commercial-in-confidence material by replacing the confidential material with an appropriate symbol or ‘c-i-c’.

The ACCC also reminds organisations and individuals that the accuracy of submissions (including public) are the responsibility of submitting organisations and individuals.


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