Dr Michael Gannon, head of the Australian Medical Association, says private health insurance needs reform to ensure profits are not being put ahead of care

Pregnancy and mental health services should be covered by all private health insurance policies, the head of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Gannon, said in a speech outlining his concerns about private healthcare.

In his address to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Gannon said public hospitals would not survive without the support of the private health system, pointing out nearly 70% of elective surgeries being performed in private hospitals.

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