Tax break for employer-paid health cover a 'handout' for industry, critics say

Tax break for employer-paid health cover a 'handout' for industry, critics say





Health economist says US-style private insurance plan would cost
employees ‘through taxes or salary’

The private health insurance peak body is trying to “dress up
a taxpayer handout as a tax concession” in its call for employers
to be given tax breaks if they pay for employee private health
cover, Grattan Institute health economist Dr Stephen Duckett has
said.

Duckett made the comments in response to a Private Healthcare
Australia report to the government proposing measures to
stymie the exodus of young people from the private health
system
. Among the suggestions was introducing a fringe benefits
tax exemption to private health insurance premiums for employees
under the age of 40.






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