Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs Communique

Page last updated: 17 January 2019

Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs Communique (PDF 174 KB)

The fifth and final meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Out-of-Pocket Costs (the Committee) was held on 19 October, chaired by Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Brendan Murphy.

The Committee discussed a range of outstanding issues in relation to options to make information on out-of-pocket costs more transparent including: the prevalence of hidden fees and concerns about this practice; the type of information that consumers would find helpful; and how to reflect ‘no’ and ‘known’ gap arrangements between doctors and private health insurers.

Members reinforced the importance of an effective education campaign for consumers, GPs and medical specialists about out-of-pocket costs. This includes education for any transparency solution that the Government may choose to implement, in addition to general education about assessing value and cost when choosing a medical specialist. The Committee agreed careful research and development, and extensive consultation and testing across clinicians, the wider private health industry, consumers and marketing experts would be required to ensure that a robust transparency model for individual practitioner costs was implemented.

The Committee considered a draft of its advice to the Minister and agreed a process to finalise it.