Healthscope terminates agreement with HCF, Australia's Largest Not-For-Profit Health Fund
Australia's largest not-for profit Health fund HCF has sent residents a notice that following lengthy negotiations, Healthscope has chosen to terminate the longstanding agreement with the HCF Group.
'The cost of providing quality hospital care continues to rise quickly, and is impacting both public and private hospitals, especially in the wake of the COVID pandemic.We have been challenged by health insurers not adequately funding the real and rising costs of our private hospital services, including rising interest rates, food, energy and power, insurance, nurse wages, PPE, maintenance and cleaning costs. These cost pressures have been well documented throughout the pandemic, and are now being exacerbated by the highest levels of inflation seen in decades.This website contains information for impacted patients and their doctors on how this dispute may impact them and how they can avoid any future out of pocket expenses. This includes the option to change health funds under the portability rules in the Private Health Insurance Act.'
'For Teachers Health members, many of whom have been working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, this means they’ll continue to be covered at Healthscope’s private hospitals across the country. Any planned or unplanned admission into a Healthscope hospital will continue to be covered.Brad Joyce, CEO of Teachers Health, said “We’ll always fight for quality and value for our members in every negotiation and business decision, and I’m pleased a positive outcome has been reached with Healthscope.”“As a not-for-profit health fund, our focus is on providing quality and value to our members. That’s why we negotiate our contracts with hospitals, to help members access a high standard of care with minimal out-of-pocket costs.”“We’re proud to be the health fund for teachers and the education community and we’re truly inspired by the commitment and resilience they’ve demonstrated in recent months.” '
Without effective insurance coverage, Mr Whitehead rang the hospital, electing to be admitted as a public patient for the procedure. The hospital administration contacted him again to inform him the procedure was likely to cost him $4,945.00.
Mr Whitehead was forced to book into Royal North Shore Hospital, a move that delayed his treatment. After a huge outcry by residents and intervention by Mr Whitehead’s local MP, NBH arranged for his angiogram to go ahead.
'Healthscope has chosen to terminate the longstanding agreement with the HCF Group.
Our guiding principle of putting health before profit means we remain focused on building long-term partnerships that deliver meaningful benefits for our members. This includes providing access to innovative models of care and alternate treatments at home, as well as securing purchasing arrangements to help keep the cost of health services and premiums affordable and deliver more value for our members.We’ll keep you informed of any changes to our partnership with Healthscope. Our guiding principle of putting health before profit means we remain focused on building long-term partnerships that deliver meaningful benefits. We are committed to reaching agreements with providers that are in the best interest of our members and will continue to ensure our participating network of hospitals provides choice and access.'
- Global commitment to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040.
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MANLY HOSPITAL CONCERT.
A concert in aid of the Manly Cottage Hospital, organised by the residents of Bayview and Newport, was held in the Newport Hall on Saturday evening week, under the direction of a committee consisting of Messrs. C. Devlin, Fitzgerald, Booth, Erickson, and Wilcox. The contributors to the programme included Misses Lord, Duffy, Johnson, and Black, Messrs Duffy, Fitzgerald, Booth, and Buist. The financial and artistic success was such that it was decided to give a similar entertainment annually. MANLY HOSPITAL CONCERT. (1899, October 9). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article14237617
In November 2020 the state government narrative announced that Manly Hospital site would be turned into a 'health and wellbeing' facility which would include; a group home, community facility, educational establishment, food and drink premises, centre-based childcare facility, indoor recreational facility, neighbourhood shop, function centre, respite day care centre and seniors housing.
In November 2018, the NSW Government announced that an Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice (AYAH) would be located on a portion of the site. More than $6.5 million was raised by the community for this project, along with $8 million from the taxpayers of the NSW Government and $5 million from the taxpayers of the Federal Government.
The Adolescent and Young Adult Hospice will have eight bedrooms for patients, breakout spaces including a media and games room, as well as two family accommodation units with two bedrooms each. Construction of the hospice is scheduled for completion in late 2022.
The planning for the rest, the 'health and wellbeing' use of the site was submitted to the Northern Beaches Council. In July 2021 the Council recommended the Planning Proposal progress to Gateway Determination.
The NSW government's Property and Development NSW arm provided a March 2022 update, stating the Department of Planning;
''has undertaken an Expressions of Interest (EOI) campaign to identify a delivery partner to help transform the former Manly Hospital site into a vibrant health and wellbeing precinct.
It is anticipated the project will be delivered via a long-term leasehold agreement with the successful proponent ...
Shortlisted EOI respondents have been invited to participate in the Request for Detailed Proposal (RFDP) phase which commenced 10 March 2022. A preferred delivery partner is expected to be appointed by late 2022.''
The Project Partner announcement is scheduled, via the DPE 'indicative' timeline on its Manly redevelopment webpage, for the end of 2022 - perhaps to be another of those timely Christmas Eve when we're all on the beach or busy with family announcements councils and governments gift themselves.