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Best quality healthcare is our prime concern.

On 21 September 2021, the ACCC authorised Honeysuckle Health and nib Health Funds (ASX: NHF) to form and operate a health services buying group.

The authorisation has been granted with a condition that major insurers are not allowed to join the buying group and the authorisation will be reviewed after 5 years.

Despite these limitations we believe the formation of this buying group signifies the commencement of managed care in Australia resulting in lower quality healthcare for Australians.  Managed care is the predominant funding model in the United States and represents the most expensive healthcare system with poorer outcomes than Australian patients currently enjoy.

In our response to the ACCC the ASA expressed concern that this proposal would:

  • Increase the power and influence of large for-profit corporations and the funding and delivery of healthcare in Australia
  • Give control of healthcare standards to commercial interests
  • Damage the foundations of Australia’s world-class healthcare system
  • Erode the right of Australians to their choice of doctor and their access to procedures and hospitals and
  • Ultimately, steal from the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and dictate how and where patients will be treated.

Please join us in opposing Managed Care.

  • Consider writing to the Federal Health Minister or your local Member.  (see resources below). Please share your correspondence with the ASA so that we can continue to amplify your voice. Contact ASA here.


Say NO to US managed health care. Send the Eagle Home
Myth Busting Fact Sheet
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Australian Anaesthetist

March 2021 The managed care edition includes features on the current situation in Australia and our concerns, the US experience and lessons for Australia as well as the current situation with bundled obstetrics care. Read them here.
(Members can read the full edition here).

Webinars (ASA Members)


Date Links
28 August 2021
Dr Suzi Nou – Managed Care What is it and what does it mean for me?
12 May 2021 Managed Care in Australia – The Bigger Picture

Please find here the transcript of Mr Stephen Milgate’s presentation

26 November 2020 Corporatisation of Medicine