Medicare

Cuts to Medicare support for PTSD cause sufferers more harm

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Mark White Mary*, a Sydney woman in her 20s, has a recurring nightmare of her childhood.

Raising Medicare levy the solution to health costs, says architect

Prof John Deeble

Dan Harrison One of the architects of Medicare has called for an increase in the Medicare levy, warning Australians will not accept any change that restricts access to healthcare to those who can pay for it.

Medicare dental scheme: millions of children to benefit

Teeth.

Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.

Health minister Peter Dutton says Medicare spending unsustainable

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted an overhaul of Medicare, saying spiralling costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.

Health groups call for Medicare inquiry

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Julia Medew Medicare is failing an increasing number of Australians.

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Medicare cuts mean 1200 babies not conceived, says IVF professor

23RD OCTOBER- 2012 -NEWS -STORY- PETER JEAN -THE CANBERRA TIMES- PHOTO BY MELISSA ADAMS.Case study on IVF: Craig and Jen Glover of Gowrie had baby Lucas 10 1/2 months with the help of IVF because cancer treatment affected Craig's fertility.

Peter Jean, Amy Corderoy THE number of IVF treatments in Australia has fallen for the first time in nearly 30 years, after government cuts to Medicare payments.

Medicare rebate for obesity surgery likely to increase

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey during question time at Parliament House on Thursday 7 February 2013 Photo: Andrew Meares

Margaret Rice A DRAMATIC expansion of the Medicare rebate system for bariatric surgery is now one step closer, bringing the popular procedures within reach of all obese Australians, following a recent review by...

Dentists' Medicare breaches "quagmire"

Mark Metherell Official demands on 65 dentists to repay $21 million for Medicare breaches have turned into a bureaucratic quagmire, with the federal government revealing it has received contradictory legal advice...

Medicare cuts could come from sensitive area

Medicare

Mark Metherell THE government is expected to target one of the more delicate areas of medical care - cosmetic genital surgery - in its search for cuts to the cost of Medicare.

Medicare review stirs debate on circumcision

Circumcision?

Mark Metherell THE LONG-RUNNING debate on circumcision is set to return as the federal government considers whether the surgical practice should continue to qualify for Medicare payments.

Midwives struggle to access Medicare

Newborn

Julia Medew MIDWIVES are struggling to use Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme more than 18 months after the federal government gave them access to improve choice in maternity care.

Medicare Local status will boost health care in four districts

Findings deflate the government's central argument against developing the present arrangements into a full scale Medicare-style scheme.

Mark Metherell FOUR districts where health services struggle to meet care needs have become the first in NSW to get Medicare Local status, aimed at boosting care in areas such as aged care and mental health.

Doctors call for Medicare funds to trial cheap cures

Dialysis machine

Julie Robotham THE national health budget is being derailed by expensive drugs and surgical practices that do not live up to their claimed benefits, say specialist doctors who are calling for new federal research...

Medicare rorts 'cost $3bn'

Medicare: ripe for abuse by unscrupulous practitioners.

Kate Hagan Misuse of Medicare is costing Australians up to $3 billion a year because of inadequate safeguards against rorting, the former head of the body charged with overseeing it says.

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Medicare abuse rife, says former review chief

Medicare shop

Kate Hagan MEDICARE has become dysfunctional, with billions of taxpayer dollars wasted each year due to inadequate safeguards against rorting, the former head of the body charged with overseeing it has argued.

Medicare rorts cost public purse $10 million

Mark Metherell HEALTH CORRESPONDENT RORTING of Medicare rose to a record $10 million worth of incorrect or fraudulent claims last year.

Nurse practitioners and midwives to work under Medicare umbrella

Mark Metherell A LANDMARK change in the health system starts today - Medicare will be extended into what has traditionally been doctors' territory, paying benefits to nurse practitioners and midwives and their...

Medicare levy surcharge stand-off

Mark Metherell The Gillard government is holding out against a Greens threat to try and block a Medicare levy surcharge on high earners unless the government meets a $1 billion demand for Denticare funding.

Call to extend Medicare for obese

Call to extend Medicare for obese

Under a new proposal, obese Australians would have access to Medicare-subsidised sessions with psychologists to help them to lose weight.

Let detainees have access to Medicare, experts urge

The Federal Government is facing calls to extend Medicare benefits to thousands of community-based asylum-seekers.