Tag Archives: Medicare

Disruption by the after-hours industry and why you should care

It’s time to use our Medicare dollars wisely.

Health Care Homes: not yet where the heart is

Why doctors have called for a delay in the implementation of the Health Care Homes.

Why your GP is so cost-effective

I came across this joke on Facebook. It’s very applicable to general practice!

Big health corporates win, but who keeps your family out of hospital?

There is something seriously wrong with the priorities here…

The problem with ‘record-high’ bulk billing rates

Bulk billing statistics only tell part of the story.

GPs beware: political spin ahead

The Minister for Health issued an interesting warning for GPs

Why doctors will stop bulk billing

Many practices will soon have to determine a fair and equitable fee based on increasing practice costs.

The baby, the bathwater and a better health system

The Australian fee-for-system hasn’t done a bad job.

The joys of pay for performance

Performance based payment of doctors is not without risks…

5 reasons why the Medicare rebate freeze is bad policy

As we speak, around Australia GP practices are increasing their fees…

Unfreeze the freeze: A storm is coming

Dark clouds are gathering as the frustration about the patient Medicare rebate freeze rises.

Don’t go to your doctor – Minister Ley wants you to see the pharmacist instead

The world upside down? Visits to the doctor will become more expensive, whereas pharmacies will deal with health problems.

Here is an opportunity for the Government to develop a real health policy

The new RACGP vision reflects the increasing focus on chronic disease management, while still rewarding acute care.

It’s time we cut all this red tape ourselves

My call to action to colleagues, the colleges and the AMA is simple: please make things easier for all parties involved.

How safe is the patient safety net?

When co-payments for medications increase, more people stop their treatment

Why doctors run late: 12 red tape challenges

Australia is not making good use of its medical workforce as doctors are drowning in red tape.

UK doctors in Australia – Why they won’t be going home any time soon

About 1,500 UK doctors move to Australia and New Zealand each year, and it seems they have good reasons not to go back.

The looming war between pharmacists and doctors

The Pharmacy Guild’s strategy will create a backlash and in the end nobody will be better off.

Health is defence – Universal care vs ‘user pays’

Universal healthcare vs a ‘user pays’ system – according to Gold Coast GP Dr Andrew Rees.

6 key conditions that must be met before private health funds can engage with general practice

Private health insurers should be kept at arm’s length.