Surcharge on smokers a no go

Making private health insurance more expensive for those with unhealthy lifestyles isn’t as simple a fix as it sounds.

As the federal government defends its plans to trim the private health cover rebate, saying it will mean only a small increase in cost for most people, a new survey suggests support for what would be much more expensive health insurance surcharges for smokers, heavy drinkers and the obese.

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