ALP voters are 25% less likely to have private health insurance than Coalition voters, with the gap fairly consistent across all age groups. Overall, more than half (57%) of ALP voters rely solely on public hospital and medical services compared with 42% of LNP voters (and 54% of Greens voters) without private health insurance.
The peak period of private health insurance ownership across all voters is in the 50-64 year-old range: however it’s almost two thirds of LNP voters this age (65%) compared with half of ALP voters.
Greens voters (across all age groups except the Under 25s) are also more likely than Labor voters to have health insurance.
Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says:
“Overall, 49% of Australian electors have private health insurance and 28% say improving health services and hospitals is one of the most important issues.
“Australian electors with insurance are 6% more likely to believe improving health services and hospitals is one of the most important issues.
“Fewer than 1 in 4 Coalition voters (24%) say improving health services is one of the most important issues—and it’s exactly the same proportion among those with or without private health insurance.
“However while 28% of ALP voters without insurance rate health services as an important issue, this actually rises to 33% among those with private insurance.
“This June 30 marks the end of the first financial year the Government has means-tested the private health insurance rebate, with people earning over $84,000 a year (double for legal couples) no longer entitled to get the full 30-40% of the cost back.
“Electors with private health insurance are 18% more likely to vote for the Coalition (61%) and 12% less likely to vote for the ALP (39%).”
Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia) January 2011 – December 2012, n = 87,416. Base: Australian Electors.
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