John Fahey
We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of the Hon John Fahey AC and send our condolences to his wife Colleen and family.

Mr Fahey was Chair of Doctors’ Health Fund from 2014 to 2019. A strong advocate for private health insurance, he oversaw the health fund through a period of successful growth. His insight and knowledge of the healthcare sector, together with government policy, was invaluable in seeing the strategic goals of the health fund come to fruition.

Mr Fahey also held various positions in both state and federal government and was respected by all sides of politics. He was the Federal Minister for Finance in the Howard Government from 1996 to 2001, when a series of reforms were made to support the private health insurance industry. These included the introduction of the Medicare Levy Surcharge, Private Health Insurance Rebate, and the Lifetime Health Cover Loading which addressed the steady decline in private health insurance participation during the 20 years prior. In 2000, participation surged from approximately 30% to almost 50%, and has remained around that level since.

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Olympic Games, we also remember the role Mr Fahey played in the bid for the 2000 Olympics, eventually bringing the games Sydney. This was one of his most notable achievements as NSW Premier from 1992 to 1995.

We are grateful for Mr Fahey’s stewardship of Doctor’s Health Fund, his support for the private health insurance industry more generally and his outstanding impact on Australian politics.

Vale The Hon John Fahey AC