One of Australia's largest private health insurance providers has revealed the ten most expensive claims lodged in 2010-11 for each state, with some surprising results emerging.
According to The West Australian, both the number of members admitted to hospital and the cost of claims made to Medibank Private increased in the 12 month period.
Admissions rose by 1,600 to 69,137, while the cost of claims increased to $209 million – up $14 million since last financial year.
Nationally, the most expensive claim was generated by the neonatal care of a premature baby – born at under 24 weeks – totalling $324,187.
Overall, the company paid out almost $2.7 billion to members for surgery or hospital accommodation – $165 million more than the previous year.
Medibank Private group executive Laz Cotsios told the news source on January 7 that the cost of the claims demonstrated how expensive healthcare could be.
"Whilst it is easy to think that you will never need serious healthcare, and we hope that you won't, I imagine that many of the patients on this list thought the same thing," he said.
"It's fortunate that they all had private health insurance, which reduced the financial burden of these costly procedures and enabled the patients to focus only on their newborn's recovery."