With the announcement by Medibank
that its hospital services contract with Calvary Health Care (Calvary) will end
on 31 August 2015, St.LukesHealth is keen to reassure members that we remain committed
to the interests of our members and will continue to provide high quality
services through the delivery of private health insurance.
As a not-for-profit organisation,
our focus is on our members, and we stand by our promise to provide every
man, woman and child, a relationship they can count on to help them stay
healthy, get well and live better.
Preventable incidents are adding
to the increasing cost of private health insurance and we should of course
identify ways to improve efficiency in our system to ensure health care
services are measured by outcomes.
St.LukesHealth strongly believes
there is a need for private health insurers and hospitals to work closely
together to clearly set the parameters of private health cover.
We agree that within the health
care system we all need to control rising cost, but it needs to be done with a
long term view of sustainability for the entire health industry.
There is already pressure on Australia’s
public health system, and disputes have the potential to put more pressure on
our already stretched public health system. With over 58 per cent of all
surgeries being performed in private hospitals, the industry as a whole has a
responsibility to ensure these procedures can continue to be performed in the safest
St.LukesHealth will continue to
provide members with access to the doctors of their choice and ensure that they
are covered for procedures and treatments within the private hospital system.