Australian government bolsters medical scheme for less well off

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:570
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Hundreds of extra GPs in Australia will be trained and given special payments to treat less well off patients without charging them. The scheme is part of a $A1bn (£0.38bn; $0.61bn; €0.56bn) rescue plan being considered by the federal government for the national Medicare system.

    Most patients who currently do not pay directly for consultations may in future have to pay their doctors extra under proposed changes to the so called bulk billing system being pushed by the Australian Medical Association.

    The plans have caused a political storm as the Medicare system, introduced in 1984 and funded by a 1.5% levy …

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