Health Economics Group to discuss the effect of the Medicare Levy Surcharge on private health insurance

Wednesday, 18 January 2012  Features

The Australian School of Business and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research will host the ninth annual Centre for Applied Economic Research Summer Workshop in Health Economics.

As Australia’s population ages the pressure on our health system is increasing. Maintaining viable public and private health care systems is crucial to meeting the growing demand, but what impact does the Medicare Levy Surcharge have on private health insurance rates?

The effect of the Medicare Levy Surcharge on private health insurance is one of the key issues that will be debated by leading health economic researchers at an upcoming conference.

The ninth annual Centre for Applied Economic Research Summer Workshop in Health Economics will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Coogee on 2nd and 3rd February 2012. It is a diverse program featuring the latest research from seven universities across Australia as well as industry groups.

The Australian School of Business and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) will host the workshop.

CEPAR Director, Professor John Piggott, says the two-day workshop is an opportunity for participants to find out about new research on a range of topics, including the health benefits of marriage, the effects of alcohol availability on mortality, the economic legacy of childhood health and the life-cycle effects of health risk.

For more information or to register for this free workshop visit the CAER website at www.caer.unsw.edu.au

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