Tasmanian state election: Labor promises $560m health boost

OPPOSITION Leader Rebecca White has placed health at the centre of Labor’s election campaign with a $560 million pledge to boost health funding. OPPOSITION Leader Rebecca White has placed health at the centre of Labor’s election campaign with a $560 million pledge to boost health funding. Declaring “health will be the number one priority of a majority Labor government”, Ms White launched her party’s health … Continue reading Tasmanian state election: Labor promises $560m health boost

Tasmanian election: Labor announces half-billion-dollar health pledge

Tasmania’s Labor Party has unveiled a half-billion-dollar health plan in a bid to convince voters it is the only party that can improve the state’s health system. Labor leader Rebecca White announced the $560 million health policy outside a health centre in the electorate of Franklin, where the party is expected to pick up an extra seat. Ms White said the six-year spend would include … Continue reading Tasmanian election: Labor announces half-billion-dollar health pledge

Health insurance reform: the good, the bad and the ugly

LAST month, with some ballyhoo, the federal government announced what it claimed was the biggest shake-up of Australia’s private health industry in over 15 years. Among the key changes were: a requirement that insurers categorise their products as gold, silver, bronze or basic, depending on how much cover they provide; discounts on premiums for adults aged under 30 years; allowing customers higher excess limits for lower … Continue reading Health insurance reform: the good, the bad and the ugly

Private health insurance premiums will not rise as much under industry shake-up, Greg Hunt says

Health insurance costs will keep rising — but Health Minister Greg Hunt says the increases won’t be as high under changes he has announced today. Key points: The Government says the aim of the changes is to reduce the pressure on premiums Customers will be given the option to increase their excess limit Government criticised for decision not to ban “useless” policies The most clear-cut … Continue reading Private health insurance premiums will not rise as much under industry shake-up, Greg Hunt says

Cost of treating obesity set to soar

The annual cost of treating obesity-related diseases is estimated to cost Australia $21 billion by 2025, according to new expert estimates. Sarah Wiedersehn Obesity is one of the leading causes driving the high rates of heart disease and diabetes and has been linked to many types of cancer. Without action on obesity, the annual global medical cost of treating these serious health consequences will reach … Continue reading Cost of treating obesity set to soar

Obesity-Related Diseases Expected To Cost Australia $21 Billion

The annual cost of treating obesity-related diseases is estimated to cost Australia $21 billion by 2025, according to new expert estimates. Obesity is one of the leading causes driving the high rates of heart disease and diabetes and has been linked to many types of cancer. Without action on obesity, the annual global medical cost of treating these serious health consequences will reach $US11.2 trillion … Continue reading Obesity-Related Diseases Expected To Cost Australia $21 Billion

Australian Patients Further Out Of Pocket

Australians are paying more out of pocket for doctors visits despite record high bulk billing rates, according to the latest Medicare statistics from the Department of Health. Out of pocket costs for GP services increased by 4.7 percent during the 2016-17 financial year, with the average cost of non-referred doctors’ visits rising to $35.83 – a similar amount to a standard GP consultation. Australia’s bulk-billing … Continue reading Australian Patients Further Out Of Pocket

Chronic disease – the search for a better way

The welfare of some 120 chronically ill patients in Victoria could open the way to more primary-care delivery at pharmacies and take the load off GPs in underserviced locations. An 18-month pilot program will track the progress of patients with at least one of four common chronic conditions, who are under the care of GPs, but using consultant pharmacists for monitoring, follow-ups and medication adjustment. … Continue reading Chronic disease – the search for a better way

Budget 2017: Health Care Homes postponement welcomed

PEAK medical bodies have welcomed the postponement of the rollout of stage one of the Health Care Homes (HCH) trial, announced in last week’s Federal Budget, but concerns remain about the funding model and the practice representation in the first stage. The federal government announced that the implementation of stage one of the HCH project would be delayed from the planned commencement date of 1 … Continue reading Budget 2017: Health Care Homes postponement welcomed

IPN and Primary snap up Health Care Homes

The government has stumped up some $50 million for the Health Care Homes trials and delayed the roll-out, apparently taking on board doctors’ concerns.  The surprise, however, is that it has awarded 50 per cent of the trials to the two biggest corporate chains. “Working closely with GPs and other health professionals, the government is progressing the implementation of the Health Care Homes trial with 20 practices … Continue reading IPN and Primary snap up Health Care Homes