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Medicare copayment tossed out

Posted 03 March 2015

VHA welcomes news confirming the Abbott Government’s decision to withdraw its plans to introduce a Medicare co-payment fee.

 Acting CEO Mr Tom Symondson said that primary and community healthcare is the front-line of our health system, providing health and preventative care before more costly hospital-based interventions are required.

 “The introduction of a co-payment for general practice would have impacted upon public hospitals’ capacity to care for vulnerable people who, as a consequence, might have opted to present at an emergency department rather than a general practice.

 “The VHA looks forward to further details from the Abbott Government as to its intentions regarding future funding arrangements for primary healthcare.

 “It is time to refocus any reforms on improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare across the system.  Any new arrangements must be developed in close concert with health services, clinicians and the broader community,” Mr Symondson said.


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