AMA proposes new regulator for the private health sector

Reform is essential in the face of rising costs and under-60s abandoning private insurance coverage, the AMA says in a discussion paper

The private health system is in dire need of major reform to save the sector from collapsing into US-style managed care, the AMA says.

The peak body wants a new independent regulator on the beat to ensure private health remains fit for use, with powers including review and approval of insurance premium increases.