Health

Accommodation for country patients

FINALLY some good news for people travelling to Sydney from the country for treatment in a hospital: there is affordable accommodation available for both the patient and their carer.

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Health insurers have a hand in another pie

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.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement may increase the cost of medications

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.

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Medicare sell-off

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.

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Is the GP co-payment really “dead, buried and cremated”?

THE MAJORITY of Australians were pleased to hear Prime Minister Tony Abbott announce that the GP co-payment is “dead, buried and cremated”.

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