Australian Medicine: Budget Special Edition

21 May 2015

This week Australian Medicine brings you all the important health news arising from the 2015‑16 Federal Budget, including an article by AMA President, A/Prof Brian Owler warning that the profound and long-lived effects of the rebate freeze would overwhelm a clutch of modest positive measures unveiled in the Budget.

Other topics include:

  • A ‘Co-payment by stealth’ warning because of the rebate freeze.
  • Research fund grants will soon begin to flow.
  • It is not about savings, honest: The Minister reassures AMA on the MBS review.
  • Cut price health checks for kids as almost $145 million slashed from general practice funding.
  • Concerns have been raised about the quality and diversity of advice to the Federal Government on clinical issues following its decision to abolish the National Lead Clinicians Group.
  • The Government banks on massive savings from its No Jab No Pay policy.
  • The flawed e-health records system gets a $485m re-boot.

Read these stories and more in the latest edition of Australian Medicine.