Empty pockets: why co-payments are not the solution – Consumers Health Forum of Australia – 4 March 2014

Posted on March 4, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics | Tags: , |

Empty pockets: why co-payments are not the solution – Consumers Health Forum of Australia – 4 March 2014

“A new report about health co-payments has been released today by the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF). CHF says the evidence shows that introducing co-payments for health care will hit the chronically ill and people on low incomes the hardest … and will fail to generate cost savings for the health system.”

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Connecting Health Services with the Future: Modernising Medicare by Providing Rebates for Online Consultations – November 2010

Posted on February 1, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Telehealth | Tags: |

Connecting Health Services with the Future: Modernising Medicare by Providing Rebates for Online Consultations

The Department of Health and Ageing has released a discussion paper on proposed telehealth e-consultations to be funded under Medicare.

Medical Technology Association of Australia response to the discussion paper on telehealth

“MTAA recommends that Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item numbers for telehealth include reimbursement for the assessment and monitoring of medical data collected from a patient’s home (remote patient monitoring).  MBS item numbers for telehealth should be flexible enough to cover services provided by a doctor, nurse, allied health professional or specialist. A transitional period for MBS telehealth item numbers should be considered.

MTAA welcomes any initiatives that keep patients out of hospitals and residential care facilities by enabling access to medical care in their own homes.  The provision of MBS item numbers for telehealth is the first step in this process. MTAA proposes flexible MBS item numbers for telehealth consultations which include a range of practices (e.g. video conference consultations, remote monitoring) and enable better access to healthcare and technology, for all patients, regardless of location.  “

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Feedback on potential boundaries for Medicare Locals and Local Hospital Networks – June 2010

Posted on July 1, 2010. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement, Primary Hlth Care | Tags: , |

Feedback on potential boundaries for Medicare Locals and Local Hospital Networks

“Context
As part of the health reforms, the Australian Government will invest $416.8 million over four years to establish a network of primary health care organisations (Medicare Locals) across Australia. This includes funding to improve access to after hours primary care through Medicare Locals.

Medicare Locals will be independent legal entities with strong links to local communities, health professionals and service providers, enabling them to respond more effectively to local need. Medicare Locals will support health professionals to provide more co-ordinated care, improve access to services, and drive integration across the primary health care, hospital and aged care sectors.

The first group of Medicare Locals (around 15 organisations) will commence operation in mid 2011, with the remainder commencing in mid 2012. The first group will be drawn from the Divisions of General Practice network.

Initial consultation on Local Hospital Network boundaries will be undertaken by the States and Territories. Following an initial consultation phase the Commonwealth will work with the States and Territories with the aim of producing a combined set of government endorsed LHN and Medicare Local boundaries for further consultation.”
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Feedback sought

The closing date for comments or submissions is 30 September 2010.

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Extended Medicare Safety Net Review – 12 May 2009

Posted on May 12, 2009. Filed under: Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Extended Medicare Safety Net Review

A report on the operation, effectiveness and implications of the Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on 12 May 2009.

The report is an independent review by the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation at the University of Technology, Sydney, and examined the EMSN as required under the Health Legislation Amendment (Medicare) Act 2004.ISBN: 1-74186-873-4
Online ISBN: 1-74186-874-2
Publications Number: P3 -5200

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