This report analyses key competition and consumer developments and trends in the private health insurance industry between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, including ACCC enforcement and other actions relating to the health sector.

This report also acknowledges significant developments that have occurred since 30 June 2017, including the Australian Government’s major reforms to private health insurance announced in October 2017.

It is the 19th report prepared by the ACCC in compliance with an order agreed to by the Australian Senate, requiring the ACCC to provide a report on: '… any anti-competitive practices by health insurers or providers, which reduce the extent of health cover for consumers and increase their out-of-pocket medical and other expenses.'