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The old and the restless

Australia’s Baby Boomers are fuelling an ageing-well revolution set to reshape how over-50s live in the 21st century; policy has a job to keep up. By Murray Gillin and Lois Hazelton Patricia Edgar, writing in The Age, recently stated in ...

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The money’s already here

Projections that aged-care costs will overwhelm the country by 2050 fail to recognise the wealth accumulated through Australia’s ageing population. By Michael Fine Despite all the hand wringing and finger pointing associated with the Intergenerational Report (IGR), there is no ...

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Government flags changes to GP plan

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has flagged big changes to the government’s proposed GP co-payment plan after consultation with health professionals on the issue. Health Minister Sussan Ley has been consulting with doctors and health groups over plans for a $5 ...

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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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