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Opposition to Medicare changes growing

Nursing and other health professional groups are calling on the federal government to abandon its controversial changes to Medicare rebates for GP services scheduled to come into effect from Monday. From next week changes to standard time based GP MBS ...

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New minister a chance for policy rethink

Peak health bodies have expressed hope that the appointment of Sussan Ley as federal health minister will signal an opportunity to make headway against what they say are potentially negative government policy initiatives. The promotion of Lay to the prominent ...

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Coalition subtracts $7, adds $5

The $7 Medicare co-payment is no more. Instead, the government has put forward a new package of measures with the aim of making Medicare more sustainable. Under this package, doctors will encounter a $5 reduction in the Medicare rebate paid ...

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Industry seeks certainty on dementia scheme

Industry leaders want a decision before the end of the year on a program to replace the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement. Without something definite by then, they argue, there is a risk of losing focus on setting policy. Alzheimer’s ...

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Australia’s Utopia moment is here

Recent policy looks more like brilliant satire than effective change. By Michael Fine. I don’t know if you watched the brilliant satire Utopia on ABC recently. It is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek Australian series in which Rob Sitch and his gang ...

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The Baby Boomers are coming

As the post-WWII generation starts to enter residential care, six issues loom large for providers. By John Kelly. Australia’s population is ageing and as a society we need to examine how we will cope with a rising number of older, ...

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Senior residency report scuttles myths

A report that looks into where seniors live in NSW was launched at State Parliament House in Sydney yesterday. Chief executive of COTA NSW Ian Day said the 50+Report – compiling the findings of COTA NSW’s 2014 state-wide consumer survey ...

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Fifield: consumers should drive market

Should government be a policeman or a banker when it comes to aged care? That’s the question the assistant minister for social services posed at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) event yesterday. “What are the expectations we ...

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