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Commission condemns insurance discrimination

May 31, 2006

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Commission condemns insurance discrimination

People with experience of mental illness should have the same opportunities and access to services as other people, whether these are Government services or services in the commercial sector, the Mental Health Commission’s General Manager Mark Jacobs said today.

“This is a serious issue which has a negative impact on the ability of people to have the same opportunities as the rest of the community.

“It’s important to remember that 20 per cent of the population experience mental illness – on average 65,000 people in any six months in this country access mental health services. This discriminatory practice has the potential to impact on all of those people’s access to insurance.

“The downstream consequence of this discrimination is an inability to get mortgages, loans for important purchases, credit, overseas travel insurance – things that we all take for granted as part of daily life, Mark Jacobs said.


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