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Beware the anti-health minister…

Beware the anti-health minister…

Last week a proposed decrease in the Medicare rebate went down, not so much in a blaze of glory as with a whimper of “confusion”. The minister responsible for the changes, Peter Dutton has also moved on, leaving behind the accolade of “worst health minister in 35 years.”   The immigration portfolio may yet provide a chance […]

New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

New Senate report damns Federal Government health cuts, calls for a “wholesale rethink” of policy

A damning indictment of the Federal Government’s cuts across the health sector emerges from the Senate Select Committee on Health’s first interim report (the committee expects to release two of these each year until its final reporting date of 20 June 2016). The report calls for a “wholesale rethink of government policy”. The committee that […]

Can the GP co-payment debacle be fixed?

Can the GP co-payment debacle be fixed?

The GP copayment would appear to be one of the most unpopular of the 2014 Budget proposals, amongst both the public and those working in health.  In this post, Professor Anthony Scott, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne, proposes a potential fix. The real question, however, is whether it is […]

As VACCHO launches petition against co-payments, the Consumers Health Forum critiques the medical research fund

As VACCHO launches petition against co-payments, the Consumers Health Forum critiques the medical research fund

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation (VACCHO) has launched an online petition asking Senators to block the $7 copayment on GP visits and medical tests. The petition says: ·  Imposing a $7 Medicare co-payment on Doctor visits and medical tests (e.g. blood tests, ultrasounds, x-rays) will be bad for the health of all Australians but more so […]