Increase in claims may push up premiums.

Increase in claims may push up premiums: Southern Cross
Increasing use of the private sector is driving costs up and putting pressure on healthcare premiums, according to the country's biggest health insurer, Southern Cross Healthcare.

Claims for some of its most common procedures have significantly increased during the past two years, according to figures released yesterday.

The cost of claims has jumped 10 per cent for the year ending last December.

This follows an 8 per cent rise the previous year.