Private health insurance

In Australia, private health insurance is available for those who wish to fully or partly cover the costs of being admitted to hospital as a private patient and/or the costs of other ancillary health services.

Based on the 2017–18 ABS Patient Experience Survey, more than half of Australian females (57%) had some form of private health insurance (ABS 2018). Of these:

  • around half (46%) had both hospital and extras cover
  • 3 in 50 (6%) had hospital cover only
  • 1 in 20 (5%) had extras only cover.