Medicare

Published Articles

Specialist fee website to be unveiled by next year, says Greg Hunt

Government establishing a model to force doctors to publish their fees.
17 August 2018

Revealed: the number of patients who never pay for GP care

Generosity on bulk-billing has an expiry date, says Dr Nespolon.
16 August 2018

'Unnecessary risk': GPs dumped in Medicare muddle

GPs are being exposed to the “unnecessary risk” of falling foul of Medicare rules because so few organisations are willing to provide guidance on how to bill properly
26 July 2018

Greg Hunt’s vision for Health Care Homes 2.0: fewer patients for longer

Minister for Health Greg Hunt says the next version of Health Care Homes will focus on allowing GPs to “see fewer patients for longer”.
12 July 2018

Corporates face tough new laws for MBS abuse

Corporates that pressure GPs to make inappropriate MBS claims will be forced to repay rebates from their own pockets from July next year under new laws passed by federal Parliament
11 July 2018

Allow GPs to refer for Medicare-funded CT colonography, say radiologists

Radiologists are calling for a revamp to allow GPs to refer patients for CT colonography under Medicare in order to cut colonoscopy waiting lists
10 July 2018

Bulk-billing clinics turning away mental health patients, says RACGP president

Bulk-billing GPs are turning away mental health patients and may even be discouraging children from attending because longer consultations are not financially viable, according to RACGP president Dr Bastian Seidel
06 July 2018

Cold comfort for patients as rebates rise by 55c

It’s taken four years, but the multibillion-dollar erosion of Medicare rebates to see a GP is over — with patients scoring an extra 55 cents for a standard consult.
04 July 2018

Veiled threats: GP outraged over intimidating opioid letters

4800 GPs have been targeted by the Department of Health with letters about their opioid prescribing
22 June 2018

Medicare review unlikely to boost rebates

An investigation into Medicare funding for GP care is under way, with an expert committee of the MBS Review Taskforce examining the future of care plans, health assessments and attendance items
15 June 2018