The private health insurance industry's peak body has suggested some providers are being inundated by Australians looking to pay their premiums before rebate means testing begins on July 1.
Speaking to ABC Radio earlier this week, Private Healthcare Australia chief executive officer Michael Armitage explained families in particular are taking to opportunity to save 30 per cent by prepaying for next year's insurance – and for good reason.
"All our research tells us is that if a family is earning just over $168,000, potentially with a couple of kids at school and a large mortgage to pay off, they don't regard themselves as rich," he said (June 25).
"They are very angry about it because they say that they don't get a pension, they don't get other benefits, and this is really the only thing that the government gives them for their contributions."
According to Medibank Private managing director George Savvides, more than 30,000 policyholders have already prepaid their premiums.
''Our call centre has been running at 100 per cent above normal levels for three weeks. There's been 15,000 calls a day; there would normally be 7000,'' he told Fairfax Media today (June 27).