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%).

Private Health Insurance Rebate

Feb 20, 2012

Q. The Government proposes to means test the private health insurance rebate, with reductions beginning for a single person earning more than $80,000 or families on $160,000. Singles earning more than $124,000 and families on more than $248,000 will not receive any of the rebate. Do you support or oppose means testing the heath insurance rebate for people on higher incomes?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Income less than $31,200 Income $31,200-$51,999 Income $52,000-$83,199 Income $83,200+
Total support 53% 76% 38% 65% 67% 63% 59% 45%
Total oppose 33% 13% 51% 19% 17% 23% 28% 46%
Strongly support 22% 46% 8% 22% 33% 23% 23% 21%
Support 31% 30% 30% 43% 34% 40% 36% 24%
Oppose 15% 9% 21% 13% 10% 12% 14% 19%
Strongly oppose 18% 4% 30% 6% 7% 11% 14% 27%
Don’t know 14% 11% 11% 15% 15% 15% 12% 10%

The majority of respondents support the means test on the private health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes (53%), with 33% opposed to the reform.

Those on low incomes of less than $31,200 per annum are the most likely to be in favour of the reform, with 67% supporting the means test.  Conversely, those on higher incomes (earning $83,200+ per annum) are the most likely to oppose the means test, with 46% against it and 45% in favour of it.

Looking at the results by voting intention, those most likely to be against the reform are Coalition voters with the majority opposing the means test (51%), whilst Labor voters are the most likely to be in favour of it (76%).  Greens voters trail 11 points behind Labor in favour of the reform at 65%.

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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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