Published Articles

'Double-dipping' ban to hit on 1 November

The controversial Medicare ban on GPs billing a general consultation on the same day they bill a chronic disease management item will go ahead next week despite vociferous opposition.
22 October 2014

Budget blowout for health

The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook was revealed by Joe Hockey on Tuesday showing that the health budget will be $164m over drawn by the end of the financial year.
18 December 2013

MBS freeze: What's your time worth?

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek argues that doctors earn enough money to bear the freeze on rebates, but what do you think your time and skills are worth? Have your say by clicking here.
24 May 2013

Doctors can afford rebate freeze, says Plibersek

Doctors earn enough money to bear the Federal Government’s controversial freeze on MBS rebates, Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek says.
22 May 2013

Have you ever 'double dipped'?

GPs are to be banned from claiming MBS rebates for a standard consultation and a chronic disease management plan at the same time. Will this impact on your practice? Take our poll.
21 May 2013

Budget 2013 health round-up

Nearly $900 million will be cut from Medicare over the next four years with Government plans to freeze MBS rebates, stop alleged GP double dipping and increase the Medicare safety net threshold.
16 May 2013

Budget: MBS rebates frozen until 2014

There will be no increase in MBS rebates until July next year as the Federal Government freezes indexation payments.
16 May 2013

Budget: Alleged ‘double dipping’ targeted

GPs will be banned from claiming MBS rebates for a standard consultation and a chronic disease management plan at the same time, as the Government targets alleged “double dipping”.
15 May 2013

Budget: Gap fee threshold to rise

Extra Medicare support for patients facing large gap fees for medical care will be cut back in an attempt to rein in costs.
15 May 2013

Budget: Health extras

Further details of the 2013 budget for health: Mental Health Nurse Incentive program, cancer care package, registers for implantable devices and GP Rural Incentive program.
15 May 2013