Tag Archives: fee-for-service

ANDREW PESCE. The Health Care Home: too important to fail

  It has been a long road for peak medical organisations in Australia to publicly recognise and support the concept that Fee for Service payments (where medical services attract a Medicare rebate for attendances and/or procedures) may not always be … Continue reading

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Ross Kerridge. GP Remuneration.

Current Affairs I understand that at the recent National Conference of the AMA there was general support for a move to help funding systems other than just fee-for-service. Ross Kerridge examines this issue below. John Menadue  Healthcare Heroes. How to … Continue reading

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Kerry Goulston. Two health reform issues.

Instead of tinkering around the edges of Health Reform in Australia,and dodging meaningful revision of the Medical Benefits and Pharmaceutical  Benefits Schemes,  all Federal politicians and leading clinicians could be debating two issues which would have significant effects over the … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. Health Policy Reform Commentary – Part 2

In the first part of my commentary on John Menadue’s Health Policy Reform in his blog, I discussed  the barriers frustrating any reform agenda. In this second part I will comment on John Menadue’s suggestions for “overcoming these obstacles to … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Part 2 – what can we learn from overseas health services?

Part 2 in this series was originally posted in August last year. In my blog of 6th October on what we can learn from overseas health systems, I drew attention and warned against government subsidised private health insurance. Any growth … Continue reading

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US Government unveils goal to move Medicare away from fee-for-service.

On 27/28 and 29 January 2015 I posted three articles on Health Policy Reform. One issue I discussed was the major problem of fee-for-service (FFS) as a means of remunerating doctors. Such a scheme remunerates quantity rather than quality of … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Health Policy Reform: Part 2 – Why reform is difficult. Health ministers are in office but not in power.

In Part 1 on health policy reform I outlined the main areas where health reform is necessary. In Part 2 I examine the reasons why I think health reform is so hard. In part 3 I will consider ways in … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. Medicare changes – why on earth would a young doctor want to be a GP?

In case you missed it, this is a repost of a blog that I posted on 12 December last year.  It is highly relevant to the continuing debate about copayments and general practice.  John Menadue. The most distressing feature of … Continue reading

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John Menadue. The dog’s breakfast in co-payments has got worse.

The government is trying to dump its co-payment mess on to doctors. If doctors decide not to absorb the reductions in the Medicare rebate, many will pass it on to patients and dramatically reduce bulk billing. What a mess! In … Continue reading

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Richard Norman, Suzanne Robinson. Health lessons from England.

  While Australia and England share much of their cultural heritage, the countries have answered the challenge of funding health care in quite different ways. The Australian Medicare system is predominantly based around private practice and fee-for-service. The English National … Continue reading

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Out-of-Pocket Costs in Australian Healthcare and the $7 Co-payment.

In my blog of  May 12 on health co-payments I set out my objections to the proposal including that we already have a very high level of co-payments, that they are a “dogs breakfast” and that the proposal on its … Continue reading

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John Dwyer. Primary healthcare in Australia reaches the crossroads.

 When I graduated some 50 years ago more than 50% of my class pursued careers as General Practitioners. In the last available survey of the career intentions of graduating medical students only 13% said they were interested in Primary Care … Continue reading

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Health workforce reform. Prof Peter Brooks

As we draw to the end of the holiday period and contemplate the challenges for us in 2014 we might take a moment to think about the big questions in health. We are continually reminded by politicians,  media and other  … Continue reading

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The mooted $6 fee for GP visits trivialises the problem. Guest blogger: John Dwyer

There is a lot that is disturbing about the federal government’s flirtation with a $6 co-payment for a service from a GP. Most commentators have rejected this approach as poor public policy as it will act as a deterrent for … Continue reading

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Government failure in health care. John Menadue and guest blogger Ian McAuley

We have little to see for six years of “reform” under the Rudd/Gillard Governments. What was that about ending the blame game in health? It has been mainly muddling through with hopes dashed for significant reform in many key areas … Continue reading

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