Published Articles

Ley admits she broke the rules, but only once

A five-minute car trip over the course of three-and-a-half-years was her sole rule breach, investigation shows.
24 March 2017

AMA hopeful government will end Medicare freeze

The AMA is “very hopeful” the government will end the Medicare rebate freeze at the next budget after months of negotiations.
15 February 2017

Headspace consults cost up to $1000, reveals report

Headspace produces only marginal improvements in youth mental health outcomes at an average cost of $340 per visit, a government-commissioned evaluation shows.
16 December 2016

6 big changes mooted for MBS items

The MBS Review Taskforce has released six reports from its clinical committees that make a wide range of recommendations on changes to MBS items.
13 September 2016

Doctors could be forced to take Medicare exam

Doctors will have to undergo examinations in “MBS rules and processes” before being given a provider number, under draft plans released by the MBS Review Taskforce.
12 September 2016

'Low value' GPs fight back using #justaGP

GPs have taken to Twitter in an angry response to an MBS review report that identified “low-value administrative GP consultations”.
09 September 2016

Practices need $100k extra to make Health Care Homes work: RACGP

The average practice needs an extra $100,000 a year in funding to implement the Health Care Homes model otherwise it will fail, the RACGP has warned.
28 July 2016

Fears for future of research on 'real world' GP patients

The evidence-base for treating "real world" GP patients will be severely restricted by Federal Government cuts to primary care research, academics warn.
13 July 2016

Medicare freeze could cost EDs $230m

The Victorian Government is warning the Medicare freeze could increase the cost of the average ED presentation by $550 because patients delay visiting their family doctor.
01 July 2016

Full-time GPs to lose $100k as a result of rebate freeze

New research shows that, by the end of June 2020, an average full-time GP will have lost $109,000 in total income due to the freeze since July 2015.
08 June 2016