Coalition says changes will allow private health funds to offer discounted private hospital cover to people under 29

The Australian Medical Association and some health funds have questioned the extent of consumer savings under the Coalition’s private health revamp, while one consumer group has suggested discounts for young people will entrench a “two-tier” health system earlier in life.

Labor’s shadow health minister, Catherine King, suggested savings could amount to as little as 70c a week for young people and leave vulnerable people with higher out-of-pocket costs when they make claims.

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