Uninsured Australians make up 54.4 per cent of the population aged over 14, with 46.8 per cent of this group 'undecided' as to whether they will take up health insurance, according to the Roy Morgan Consumer Single Source Survey.
Of the 9.4 million Australians who are without private health cover, 4.4 million are unsure of their intentions regarding private health insurance. This represents an increase of 4.9 per cent since June 2011.
Only 1.2 million of uninsured Aussies 'intend to take up private health insurance' within the next 12 months, and 3.8 million definitely 'will not take up cover'.
The level of indecisiveness among those who have never been insured or have lapsed policies is rising, according to Roy Morgan Research Industry Communications Director Norman Morris.
The indecision of the uninsured market is steadily increasing, due in part to legislative changes to the rebate tier system that took place from July 2012.
"Perceptions of high premiums, negative claims experiences, lack of use and change in family circumstances have led them to leave or remain outside of the private health insurance market," Mr Morris said.
Further analysis of those intending to enter the private health insurance market reveals that only 713,000 or 57.1 per cent nominated an intended health insurance brand.
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