Health

Medicare, diagnostic imaging, pathology changes

IN DECEMBER last year, the Government announced changes to the incentives paid to pathology and diagnostic imaging providers to bulk bill out-of-hospital services. Pathology includes blood tests etc. Diagnostic imaging includes X-rays, MRIs etc.

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$5B Dental Scheme Announced: funding sweetener or rotten funding cuts?

THE AUSTRALIAN Government has proposed an overhaul of the public dental system, which it claims will boost State funding for dental care.

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Medicare freeze freezes out patients

MEDICARE is under sustained attack in a war of attrition between the Australian Government and doctors. On Budget night on 3 May 2016, it was announced that from 1 July 2018 the pause on indexation of Medicare Benefits Schedule fees for all services provided by GPs, specialists and allied health professionals (diagnostic imaging, blood tests etc) would be extended for two years.

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Medicare cheques a thing of the past

FROM 1 July this year all Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) refund payments will be made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) directly to customer bank accounts. Receiving a refund payment by cheque or credit EFTPOS will no longer be an option.

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Relief for those with chronic diseases?

AROUND 75 per cent of Australians over the age of 65 are living with a chronic health condition, the most common being arthritis, followed by heart disease.

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