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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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
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
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
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
“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