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,...
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...
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...
Mark White Mary*, a Sydney woman in her 20s, has a recurring nightmare of her childhood.
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.
Julia Medew Medicare is failing an increasing number of Australians.
Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.
Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted an overhaul of Medicare, saying spiralling costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
Belinda Tasker The federal government is facing calls to extend Medicare benefits to thousands of community-based asylum seekers.
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.
Mark Metherell HEALTH CORRESPONDENT RORTING of Medicare rose to a record $10 million worth of incorrect or fraudulent claims last year.
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...
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.
Under a new proposal, obese Australians would have access to Medicare-subsidised sessions with psychologists to help them to lose weight.