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Our healthcare system is good and affordable. But it can and should be improved.

There have been some interesting developments arising from debate around the “Medicare co-payments changes”. In particular, questions have been asked as to the nature of Department of Health advice to the Health Minister. 444 more words

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Please don't ruin our holiday again, Tony

Before Christmas – just as I was about to pack my suitcase – Prime Minister Tony Abbott dropped a bomb.

Together with the Health Minister he announced that the Government had introduced a policy to stop 6-minute medicine – or ‘sausage machine medicine’ as he called it. 735 more words

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“Medicare co-payment” changes: are we missing an important debate?

There has been a lot of attention paid to the Government’s Medicare co-payment, and the additional fees to be paid – including when visiting a General Practitioner (GP). 907 more words

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How political leaders gamble with your health - 3 ways you can change this

It is going to hurt. Taking $3.5 billion out of general practice will be harmful to the health of Australians. Many organisations, including the AMA, RACGP and the Consumers Health Platform, are strongly opposing the revised co-payment plan. 428 more words

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How to save general practice - the billion dollar question

Our efforts to protect patients backfired last week. At first glance it looked like the co-payment plan was off the table. The press took the bait and announced that the $7 Medicare co-payment measure introduced in the 2014-15 budget was cancelled. 547 more words

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DID THE CORPORATISATION OF AUSTRALIAN GENERAL PRACTICE CREATE 'SAUSAGE FACTORY MEDICINE'?

“Corporate executives are employed by shareholders, not patients. Ultimately the laws of the market demand allegiance to profit over health, and the laws of the land require corporate officers to maximise shareholders’ returns. 590 more words

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9 reasons why GPs are being screwed by government

The government’s revised co-payment plan is a dog’s breakfast. Here are 9 reasons why the proposal has angered Australian GPs.

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Prime-minister Abbott’s reference to… 690 more words

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