WESTERN District Health Service has been whacked by a $170,000 budget shortfall after a decision by three major health insurers to reduce the funding they provide to hospitals for single bed days for private patients.
WDHS chief executive Jim Fletcher yesterday took a parting shot at Medibank Private, Bupa and NIB, accusing them of short-changing their members and public hospitals across Australia.
Mr Fletcher, who retires next week after 14 years as CEO, said the three insurers had written to public hospitals in early 2013 advising they were reducing the single bed rate paid for their members using their private health insurance.
Medibank Private was the first to announce reductions amounting to $30 million annually, with Bupa following suit in April last year with a $30 million cut.
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