Latest News

Back to News
502_25-03-2015_5330.jpg

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.

Tagged

News Archive

View all

VHA & ACHG to deliver CEO Leadership Series

The Victorian Healthcare Association and the Australian Centre for Healthcare Governance have partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver a leadership series to chief … Read more

Media training: VHA partners with Media Manoeuvres

Do you want to be media savvy? The VHA has partnered with Australia's largest media and communications organisation, Media Manoeuvres. They provide in depth training and coaching to corporate … Read more

2018-19 Commonwealth Budget review

Handed down on Tuesday evening, the Australian Government budget was framed around the five key areas of: guaranteeing essential services including Medicare, hospitals and aged care; tax relief; … Read more

State dental funding a welcome but small step forward for people on public dental waiting lists

The Victorian Oral Health Alliance (VOHA) has welcomed the State Budget announcement of $267.4 million for public dental services. This is a positive but modest first step in meeting the needs of … Read more