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When does medical confidentiality become unjustified secrecy?

The Consumers Health Forum says Medicine Australia’s proposed new code of conduct has “failed to put in place transparency safeguards against the schmoozing of doctors to influence prescribing”. In the post below, CEO Adam Stankevicius says this is the latest step in a “disturbing trend towards unjustified and unacceptable secrecy” where the “camouflage of confidentiality” is also blocking access [...]

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GP co-payments – deregulation of the bulk billing market.

In this second of a series of posts about Medicare, Margaret Faux  looks at how perverse financial incentives, the increased financial pressure applied to pensioners and GPs and the lack of supporting infrastructure make the Federal Government’s $7 GP co-payment proposal a high risk venture.  See her first post here. *** Margaret Faux writes: The [...]

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Latest PHCRIS update: How do quality improvement funding incentives work with GPs?

There’s a growing trend towards recording, measuring and financially rewarding the quality of care in general practice, as a means to address inequity and improve patient safety. This latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service looks at what incentives are offered around the world and how effective they are. They conclude: [...]

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A chance to “get social” with AHPRA

One small tweet – but one huge step. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is finally showing signs of “getting social”. Not only has it listened to the Twitter-storm  of concern about guidelines affecting social media commentary about regulated health professionals, it is engaging in the Twitterverse via @AHPRA. Tune in at 12 noon on [...]

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The TGA – a watchdog with dentures?

Note: A response from the TGA was added on 28 March – see bottom of post. Questions are again being raised about the effectiveness of the Therapeutic Goods Administration as a regulator, with two Canberra University academics suggesting that “a culture of regulatory inertia” is entrenched at the TGA. *** Canberra Law School academics Bruce [...]

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Medicare Locals under review: what Croakey contributors (and others) want to see, and what they fear

The future of Australia’s fledgling Medicare Locals – set up to integrate the fragmented primary health care sector – is officially under review. Many of those with a stake in that future rushed to lodge submissions by the December 23 deadline, following the long-awaited mid-December announcement on the review by Health Minister Peter Dutton which [...]

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Alcohol “policy pause” as funding cut for the peak alcohol and drug agency

Australia’s peak alcohol and drug agency, the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA), learned early this week that it was being defunded, forcing it into voluntary administration. In a statement, ADCA said the decision by Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash “ignores previous undertakings and commitment” about ongoing funding to 2015. In the article [...]

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Heated debate at workforce conference over whether health care assistants should be regulated

The role  of health care assistants was the subject of heated debate at a workshop in Adelaide yesterday, held ahead of the official opening today of the Health Workforce Australia 2013 conference. Jennifer Doggett reports from Adelaide: Health care assistants provide vital front-line services to some of the sickest and most vulnerable people in our [...]

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Putting primary health care on the federal election agenda

The next Federal Government must adopt a health-in-all-policies approach, a fairer distribution of healthcare funding and resources, and a greater focus on early childhood. So says the election policy platform from the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, which also calls for more flexible funding and streamlined reporting for Medicare Locals (available in full detail here). The [...]

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Cancer patients push for election commitment on genetic patenting

Legislative changes are urgently needed to stop patents being granted over human genetic material, according to Sally Crossing AM, from Cancer Voices Australia. Below is a summary of her recent presentation on this issue to a Coalition Backbench Policy Committee, on behalf of Cancer Voices, representing people affected by cancer. *** Making a difference for [...]

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