Private health insurance review risks US-style managed care, warns Owler

THE government’s “ill-defined” review of private health insurance is in danger of leading Australia down a US-style “managed care” path, warns AMA president Professor Brian Owler.

In a speech at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Health Minister Sussan Ley flagged amendments to “unnecessary and inefficient” health insurance regulation.

“It does concern me when the minister starts to talk about health funds being too tied up with regulation,” Professor Owler tells

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