THIRTY ONE new Primary Health Networks are set to replace the 61 Medicare Locals across Australia from 1 July 2015. These Networks will oversee GP care, other care providers and facilitate links with local hospitals.
TRADE DEALS may seem to have little relevance to your weekly budget, but the one that’s being nutted out behind closed doors at the moment by the Australian Government, the US and 10 other nations, may increase your pharmacy bill.
WHILE the Australian Government has shelved (at least for now) some of its unpopular Medicare measures, including the GP co-payment, it is continuing to pursue the rebate indexation freeze as well as having plans to outsource Medicare payments.
THE MAJORITY of Australians were pleased to hear Prime Minister Tony Abbott announce that the GP co-payment is “dead, buried and cremated”.