Civil disobedience at Centrelink, Medicare

Noel Towell and Anna Patty Dress codes to be flouted and bosses' communications ignored as public servants consider strike action in pay dispute. Noel Towell and Anna Patty have their fingers on the pulse.

Union fears job losses as Telstra takes over Medicare, Centrelink call centres

Telstra will

Noel Towell Telstra will start taking over Centrelink and Medicare call centre services from the federal government in six weeks as the CPSU warns of job cuts.

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Is this the end of Medicare?

Medicare was always a dogfight. It became law in the most extraordinary circumstances: one of a handful of bills passed during the only joint sitting of Federal Parliament in the nation's history,...

Axe falls hard as audit recommends gutting Medicare, cutting pensions

Mark Kenny, James Massola Ordinary Australians would pay a $15 up-front fee to visit a doctor, and medium to high income earners would be kicked off Medicare altogether under sweeping changes advocated by Tony Abbott's...

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Health Minister Peter Dutton says Medicare fees will improve health outcomes

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted the introduction of a fee to visit the doctor will improve health outcomes by making it easier for patients to get an appointment and for doctors to spend...

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Medicare dental scheme: millions of children to benefit


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.

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.

Cuts to Medicare support for PTSD cause sufferers more harm


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

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...

Health groups call for Medicare inquiry


Julia Medew Medicare is failing an increasing number of Australians.

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Call to tackle corporate scamming of Medicare


Mark Metherell A SENATE committee has called on the government to review a legal loophole which prevents the investigation of corporate medical chains suspected of rorting Medicare.

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.

Push for asylum seeker Medicare cover

Belinda Tasker The federal government is facing calls to extend Medicare benefits to thousands of community-based asylum seekers.

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.

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...