Tag Archive | Medicare

How Medicare Rebate cuts may impact the patient, other than cost

Previously I looked at the financial aspects of the proposed cuts to the Medicare Rebate. This article assumes knowledge of the previous article. There are non-financial impacts we seriously need to consider. In this article I look at Continuing Professional Development (a doctor impact) and treatment delay (a patient and community impact). Policies, based only […]

You’ve been targeted: supporting the AMA and RACGP supporting us

Should I just put a down payment on my coffin now, Scott? The identity of my Goliath has changed. Right at this moment “Love versus Goliath” can be translated to love for my own health and Goliath, yet again, is the government. Different political persuasion, this government, but essentially the same beast. This isn’t just about […]

How much does it cost to COMPLETELY collect and process that $7?

A little background information for overseas readers added after receiving comments.  The situation here is all taxpayers pay a 1.5% levy to fund Medicare. Medicare provides a rebate to the patient for medical consultations and other health related services such as blood tests and x-rays. So let’s say the GP charges $65 for a consultation, […]

Small government philosophy? Then cut the waste

If there is one thing that irritates me about governments it is their propensity to introduce additional administration for what seems like the sake of it. Perhaps due consideration is not given to streamlining an existing system, who knows. Certainly there is not much of a Lean approach taken in most cases. Back in April […]