Private health insurance

In Australia, private health insurance is available for those wanting 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 data from the 2017–18 ABS Patient Experience Survey, more than half of Australian males (57%) had some form of private health insurance, of these (ABS 2018):

  • 47% had both hospital and extras cover
  • 6% had hospital cover only
  • 4% had extras cover only.