Impact on fees of privatising Medibank Private

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you think the sale of Medibank Private will cause an increase or decrease in health insurance fees or will it make no difference?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total increase

61%

77%

48%

68%

64%

Total decrease

3%

2%

3%

5%

2%

Fees will increase a lot

36%

55%

21%

30%

36%

Fees will increase a little

25%

22%

27%

38%

28%

Will make no difference to fees

19%

7%

36%

10%

21%

Fees will decrease a little

2%

2%

2%

4%

1%

Fees will decrease a lot

1%

*

1%

1%

1%

Don’t know

17%

14%

15%

17%

13%

61% of respondents think that the sale of Medibank Private will cause an increase in health insurance fees, 19% think it will make no difference and 3% think fees will decrease.

Those most likely to think fees will increase were Labor voters (77%), Greens voters (68%), aged 45-64 (66%) and people on incomes under $600pw (69%).

Support for privatisation

Jan 28, 2014

Q. Would you support or oppose privatisation of the following Government-owned corporations?

 

 

Total support

Total

oppose

 

Strongly support

Support

Oppose

Strongly oppose

Don’t know

Medibank Private

29%

54%

5%

24%

26%

28%

18%

Australia Post

20%

69%

4%

16%

26%

43%

11%

The ABC and SBS

21%

64%

5%

16%

25%

39%

14%

The National Broadband Network

28%

58%

7%

21%

24%

34%

14%

Snowy Hydro

17%

53%

3%

14%

23%

30%

30%

Australian Rail Track Corporation (which runs much of the interstate train network)

23%

58%

5%

18%

25%

33%

19%

There was majority opposition to privatising each of the Government-owned corporations listed.

Privatisation of Australia Post (69%) and ABC/SBS (64%) were most strongly opposed.

While support for privatisation of these corporations was higher among Liberal/National voter, they were still more likely to oppose than support. Apart from Medibank Private (40% support/46% oppose) and the NBN (42%/46%), a majority of Liberal/National voters opposed privatisation of each corporation.