Private health insurance rebate

Oct 6, 2015

Q: Do you think the Government’s private health insurance rebate should be means tested or should all people who pay private health insurance receive a rebate? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other
Private health insurance rebate should be means tested 42% 53% 37% 48% 37%
Everyone who pays private health insurance should receive a rebate 44% 39% 53% 32% 49%
Don’t know 14% 9% 9% 20% 14%

42% think the private health insurance rebate should be means tested and 44% think everyone should receive a rebate.

Those more likely to think it should be means tested were aged 55+ (50%) and those earning less than $1,600 pw (49%).

Those more likely to think everyone should receive a rebate were aged under 35 (49%) and those earning more that $1,600+ pw (54%).

Means testing the private health insurance rebate

Mar 1, 2010

Q. The Government proposes to phase out the 30 per cent rebate on private health insurance for singles on incomes over $75,000 and couples on $150,000-plus. Do you support or oppose means testing the heath insurance rebate for people on higher incomes?

  Total

%

Voter ID Weekly income
Labor Coalition Green < $600

per week

$600 – $1000 per week $1000 – $1600 per week $1600 +

per week

Total support 51% 66% 39% 57% 63% 60% 53% 41%
Total oppose 34% 20% 50% 32% 24% 25% 28% 50%
Strongly support 23% 33% 14% 28% 36% 25% 24% 14%
Support 28% 33% 25% 29% 27% 35% 29% 27%
Oppose 17% 11% 23% 20% 16% 13% 15% 19%
Strongly oppose 17% 9% 27% 12% 8% 12% 13% 31%
Don’t know 15% 13% 11% 11% 14% 15% 19% 10%

 When it comes to the Government’s proposed plan to phase out the 30 per cent rebate on private health insurance for singles on incomes over $75 000 and couples on $150,000 plus, just over half (51%) support means testing the health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes. 34% oppose means testing for people on higher incomes and 15% don’t know.

 Labor voters were more likely to support means testing the health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes (66%), while Coalition voters were more likely to oppose it (50%).

 Support for a means test decreased as weekly income increased – people earning less than $600 per week were more likely to support means testing the health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes (63%), while those earning $1600 per were more likely to oppose (50%). 

 People not working were more likely to support the means test (57%), while those in full-time work were more likely to oppose (37%).  Comments »

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