Essential Report

Health insurance

Feb 27, 2018

Q. Most Australians with private health insurance currently receive a subsidy from the Australian Government to help cover the cost of their premiums. Would you support or oppose abolishing the subsidy and using those funds to include dental care within Medicare?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote LNP Vote Greens Vote other
Total support 48%   55% 39% 65% 49%
Total oppose 32%   27% 45% 17% 35%
Strongly support 22% 28% 13% 31% 28%
Support 26% 27% 26% 34% 21%
Oppose 13% 11% 18% 6% 16%
Strongly oppose 19% 16% 27% 11% 19%
Don’t know 20% 17% 16% 18% 16%

 

48% supported abolishing the private health insurance subsidy and using those funds to include dental care within Medicare and 32% opposed.

Those most likely to support this idea were Greens voters (65%), Labor voters (55%) and aged 18-34 (57%)

Those most likely to oppose were Liberal National voters (45%) and aged 55+ (44%).

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