Report reignites medical device cost debate in Australia

A new report commissioned by the private health insurance (PHI) industry states medical devices used in surgery in Australia cost more than many other developed countries. In 2022, prices on the Prostheses List (PL) were reportedly 67% higher than those in New Zealand for 25 common devices.
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Federal Budget 2023/24 focuses on Medicare rebuild

In his second Federal Budget since coming into power, Health Minister Mr Mark Butler has made Medicare reform his number one priority in 2023/24. With optometry being one of the top bulkbilling professions, the sector’s peak body says it’s vital eye health has a seat at the table especially when it comes to embedding multidisciplinary team-based care.
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Ombudsman reviewing Ahpra’s ‘vexatious complaints’ framework

“If you want to ruin a doctor’s life, all you have to do is make a complaint against them and walk away. There will be no consequences against you. Certainly 90% of the time the doctor will be found to have done nothing wrong, but you will have ensured that that doctor has a year of utter misery.”
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Medicare fraud review vindicates profession

An independent review into Medicare compliance has found no evidence of the $8 billion fraud quoted in media reports last year, instead finding that Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) compliance issues are overwhelmingly caused by the complexity of the system.
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Medicare MBS Review Taskforce

What to do about Medicare – Skye Cappuccio

Optometry services have been subsidised by the Australian Government since Medicare (then Medibank) was first introduced in 1975. This has long been considered a significant win for the profession, and for population eye health, given the limited number of non-medical professions able to access subsidies for patient care without a referral from a medical practitioner.
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