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PM still promises Medicare reform

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed his intention to pursue Medicare cost savings measures and reform, including a “price signal” to patients, despite conceding that such measures would face a tough battle in the Senate. Speaking to reporters last week, Abbott ...

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Coalition backs down on controversial MBS changes

Nurses and doctors have welcomed a government pledge for greater consultation with the health professions following the Coalition’s backdown on its controversial plans to slash rebates for shorter GP consultations. From next week, a scheduled change to standard, time-based GP ...

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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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