Tag Archives: bulk-billing

JOHN MENADUE. Health Ministers may be in office but health providers are in power. Think medical specialists fees!

The special pleading of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) is not surprising for a group that represents the interests of medical providers. (DAVID M SCOTT and PETER SEAL. Medical specialists – maintaining a high standard and duty of care.) … Continue reading

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IAN WEBSTER. Standing up for Medicare.

Fair access to health care is in the zeitgeist of European countries and Australia. The political sensitivities of this issue were demonstrated in the last election with the angst generated by the Labor Party’s “Mediscare” campaign.

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STEPHEN DUCKETT. Blood money: pathology cuts can reduce spending without compromising health

In the coming weeks I will be posting articles on the high costs and corporate nature of pathology in Australian. The following article by Stephen Duckett in The Conversation, even though posted in February this year, helps set the scene. … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. Ignored Budget issues.

​Lobby groups and community organizations have provided their take on the Budget – some with a “what’s in it for me” approach, others with a more analytical line.  My contribution from the stands is to draw attention to a few … Continue reading

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Ian McAuley. Pay for a GP visit.

The Commission of Audit’s proposal to charge a $5 or $6 fee for “bulk-billed” GP services has little to commend it. But that doesn’t justify knee-jerk outrage from medical and consumer groups, or from the Labor Opposition, for there is … Continue reading

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