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More than a third of all visits to emergency departments last financial year were deemed potentially avoidable. @DrBastianSeidel says that Medicare rebates need to be increased, to encourage more Australians to see their GPs. Continue reading ABC News

What happens when you ring your doctor in the middle of the night?

It might seem like an innocuous question — but for many Australians the answer has changed in recent years. The rise of a new industry has given patients in some parts of Australia new access to after-hours home visits from a doctor. While this has been popular with patients, it also has far-reaching and controversial policy implications — which are costing taxpayers $246 million a … Continue reading What happens when you ring your doctor in the middle of the night?

DHS ‘underestimated’ Medicare fraud threat

A Senate committee has rapped the Department of Human Services for failing to address potential identity fraud involving stolen Medicare details.   The Finance and Public Administration References Committee inquired into the circumstances in which Australians’ Medicare numbers were allegedly stolen and put up for sale on the dark net.   In response to the breach, a separate report has recommended the government tighten controls on health … Continue reading DHS ‘underestimated’ Medicare fraud threat

Australian government details Govpass digital ID

The federal government has detailed what its digital identification solution will look like, outlining how citizens can apply for an optional Govpass in a video posted on YouTube. The Govpass platform is currently in testing phase, with a beta version “soon” available for opt-in. To register for a Govpass, citizens will need to enter a handful of personal details, starting with their email address. Once an address … Continue reading Australian government details Govpass digital ID

Medicare data breach: government response ‘contemptible’, says former AFP officer

Nigel Phair says response to patient information being sold on dark web means fewer people ‘will trust government with their health details’ The federal government’s response to a Medicare data breach that led to patient details being sold on the dark web was “disappointing, confusing and often contemptible,” according to a former detective who headed the Australian federal police’s investigations into high-tech crime. Nigel Phair, … Continue reading Medicare data breach: government response ‘contemptible’, says former AFP officer

Why queues at hospital emergency departments are about to surge

EXCLUSIVE: Hospital emergency departments could be flooded with one million extra patients if Medicare rebates for after-hours GP care are cut, doctors have warned. An after-hours care provider says bulk billing of the service could end and patients could face a $25-$30 fee when a doctor visits the home. And consumer and carer groups say parents with young families, the elderly and chronically ill will … Continue reading Why queues at hospital emergency departments are about to surge

Are the RACGP/AMA compacts meaningful? You tell us

If media commentary is any measure, the GP community isn’t at all impressed. Dr Bill Cootes, a former AMA secretary-general who served as an advisor to Sussan Ley, describes the compacts between the RACGP and the AMA with the federal government, announced last week on budget night, as “the most extraordinary documents I have seen in 30 years around this stuff”. Writing in Medical Observer, he says they are … Continue reading Are the RACGP/AMA compacts meaningful? You tell us

Federal budget 2017: Medicare rebate freeze to be unwound, but cuts expected elsewhere

The four-year freeze on Medicare rebates is likely to be lifted in the budget. It is a move that many health and consumer groups including the Australian Medical Association, Royal Australian College of GPs and Consumers Health Forum have been calling for. The suggestion is that the Government will lift the rebate freeze for GPs first, then the rebates for specialists and medical procedures over the … Continue reading Federal budget 2017: Medicare rebate freeze to be unwound, but cuts expected elsewhere