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Tag Archive | Medicare

We need politicians with vision

One of the things that bothers me about the current Australian government is lack of vision, lack of the ability to think outside the square or to challenge the status quo. I’m going to illustrate with an example built around our health system (on which I have written voluminously lately), the horrific domestic violence record in this […]

Medicare is not the problem

This article continues from Sussan Ley updates the nation on Medicare. I spent several hours last night looking at the Medicare statistics. I came to a conclusion which may send a few readers reaching for their smelling salts. I ask that after you’ve taken a whiff, you stick with me. My conclusion may seem radical a […]

Sussan Ley updates the nation on Medicare

As any regular reader of this site is aware, I have been very vocal about the various changes to Medicare proposed by the LNP government. A list of past articles is provided at the end of this article should you have missed out. I also appeared on the ABC News supporting the RACGP in their “You’ve […]

The joys of MyGov, Centrelink, Medicare, The Tax Man and eHealth

Please allow me to introduce you to the joys of MyGov. As an IT professional anything I can do on-line, I will. Certainly saves standing in queues. For overseas readers (or newish arrivals to Australia) we have a few government services we can access through a central portal and single log on. I quite like […]

5 little-known reasons why pharmacists should not be playing doctor

5 little-known reasons why pharmacists should not be playing doctor

Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Image: Pixabay.com So there is a budget crisis. There’s also a new federal Health Minister. And, here it comes, community pharmacies are negotiating over a billion-dollar deal with the Government: The Community Pharmacy Agreement sets out the Government funding pharmacists receive for dispensing PBS medicines. Put these ingredients together and what…

The growth of Medicare is slowing

Today I draw attention to two “must read” articles which rather contradict the government’s claims about Medicare. The first is by Glen Murray. Like Glen’s graph? Click the graph to read Glen’s full analysis, I guarantee you will find it very interesting! The second article is by Catherine King, published in The Guardian. Catherine refers […]

Open Letter to Sussan Ley on Medicare changes

Dear Sussan, I am glad common sense prevailed today and you called a halt to the changes that were to take effect on Monday. I see this as a reprieve, but not a victory. You have made it very clear you are intent on making changes. I am disappointed you place the emphasis on consulting […]

What is this premature performance costing the taxpayer?

There is something decidedly unwise about pushing ahead with the Medicare Rebate changes supposedly still scheduled to start on Monday, January 19th when those changes are still subject to a Senate vote. As several news outlets reported today, including The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC News, when the Senate resumes in February it is […]

Medicare is YOUR insurance cover

Sign the RACGP Petition HERE! When we allow the government to start dismantling Medicare, let us not forget one very important fact. "Medicare…provides a patient rebate, not a doctor payment" The #LNP has cut *your* insurance payment http://t.co/rNXop0EZgI — SirComrade Girlieman (@elronxenu) January 7, 2015 Medicare is the Commonwealth funded health insurance scheme that provides […]

In the Australia of the future, you will fly out to see a doctor

Jane felt the baby’s head. Little Jamie was hot. Too hot. “Philip”, she screamed, “I’m scared!” Jane’s husband dragged himself out of bed and with considerable effort limped down the corridor to his daughter’s bedroom. One look told him she was feverish. Jane was sponging Jamie gently and had administered yet another dose of Infant […]