Federal Government Cuts to General Practice Funding
As part of the 2014-2015 budget cuts, the Federal Government has announced the following three major changes to the way general practice will be funded in the future:
1. Changes to Level B consultation rebate (from 19 January 2015): overturned
Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced that the Government will not proceed with the rebate and time descriptor changes to Level A + B general practice consultations. Minister Ley said the Government will consult and engage with the sector in coming months.
2. Medicare Benefit Schedule rebate reduction (from 1 July 2015)
The Medicare Rebate for GP consultation items and after-hours items will be further reduced by $5 for non-concessional patients.
3. Freeze on all Medicare Rebates (until 1 July 2018)
Indexation of rebates for Medicare eligible consultations and procedures performed by GPs, specialists, allied health professionals and nurse practitioners will now be paused until 1 July 2018.
Further information on the changes
Fact sheets and resources for doctors
Fact sheets for patients
AMA Forum - The Future of Medicare
Melbourne Brain Centre – Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville
Sunday 8 February
AMA Victoria wants all doctors to attend our Medicare Forum on Sunday 8 February.
Huge changes are coming and the AMA wants to consult with doctors to establish a firm position as to what the MBS cuts will mean for medical practice and what needs to be changed. More details and register.
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