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The Australian Financial Report, which was released on Thursday, shows that while some companies and industries have experienced ups and downs, there is a good deal of momentum ahead.
The report shows that there is “solid evidence” that a significant number of Australians have access to “career-focused” or “professional” health plans, and that the sector is “still a promising place to start” with “more people getting the benefits of care than ever before”.
But while the industry is growing, there are also signs that there are fewer options.
In a recent survey of Australians by the research company Ipsos Mori, more than half of those who received their first healthcare visit or diagnosis in 2016 said they would be unable to find a comparable employer-based plan in the next 12 months, up from a year earlier.
And a survey of 3,000 Australians in October found that just one in five employers and employers of younger workers would be willing to offer the same plan to their workers, with just half of employers in the age group between 20 and 34 having such a plan available.
A spokesperson for the Australian Council of Trade Unions said the industry needed to keep investing in “patient centred” and “well-managed” systems.
“This means supporting those who are in the care of a healthcare provider, while at the same time encouraging new providers to set up shop,” the spokesperson said.
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