TOO HIGH: The extra pressure of the increase will force many to opt out.
TOO HIGH: The extra pressure of the increase will force many to opt out. megaflopp

OPINION: Insurance increases will cost us lives

HOPELESS is how Casey Williams must feel as she languishes in Brisbane with son Noah, waiting for the go-ahead from doctors for a surgery to save his life.

The Bundaberg family has been away from home for five weeks, with the operation cancelled six times, and the mum is understandably at her wits' end. Worried sick about her child, this is an extra stress she could do without.

The news, then, that private health premiums will again take a hike is extra cautionary.

The extra pressure this increase will place on families and singles will undoubtedly force many to opt out, instead choosing to be slugged a sum by the government.

This will place more pressure on an already struggling public health system and again the merry-go-round spins.

Private health insurance is becoming unaffordable and it will cost lives.