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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. This decision was upheld by the Competition Tribunal in August 2022. Click here to learn more

Despite these limitations the ASA remains strongly opposed to any arrangement whereby a health fund or broker collectively negotiates and administers contracts with healthcare providers. We believe this decision will result in lower quality healthcare for Australians.

Bundled Care models where the services provided by various healthcare providers (eg. surgeon, anaesthetist, radiology and allied health) are all ‘bundled’ together by a private health insurer or broker to obtain a single fee for the patient is Managed Care.


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Read these articles from Australian Anaesthetist

Australian Anaesthetist March 2021 issue

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).

Feature from Australian Anaesthetist June 2022 issue

Read, ‘Three’s a crowd: Third Party Payers and Bundled Medical Care’ by Dr Peter Waterhouse, from the June edition of Australian Anaesthetist.
(Members can read the full edition here).

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Last update: 03/02/2023