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Rise in patients saying GP waiting times unacceptable

Rise in patients saying GP waiting times unacceptable

OVER a quarter of people think waiting times to see a GP are unacceptable, up from 18% in 2009, a new Council of Australian Governments (COAG) report released today shows.

AIHW to review research on GP-type presentations at EDs

AIHW to review research on GP-type presentations at EDs

THE Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has announced a review of its research methodologies after doubts were raised over the process used to estimate rates of GP-type presentations at emergency departments.

MLs should take preventive health from states

STATE governments must follow Queensland and hand over preventive health programs to Medicare Locals (MLs) to advance Labor’s long-held plan for a Commonwealth health takeover, the ML national body has said.

More people avoiding GPs due to expense

THE proportion of people who delayed or did not see a GP because of cost has increased by more than a third since 2009, from 6.4% to 8.7%, according to a new report from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council.

Elective surgery eluding patients as GPs call for transparent wait lists

GPs are fighting a losing battle trying to have patients admitted to public hospitals for elective surgery, according to experts who have called on the Commonwealth and state governments to come clean about hospital waiting times.

More people avoiding GPs due to cost

THE proportion of people who delayed or did not see a GP because of cost has increased by more than a third since 2009, from 6.4% to 8.7%, according to a new report from the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council.

AGPN blasts govt's narrow, inadequate mental health roadmap

The AGPN has delivered a critical assessment of the federal government’s draft roadmap for mental health care, calling it “too narrow in focus” and saying it “lacks adequate acknowledgement” of GPs’ role in mental health care.

Support for public consultation on mental health reform

DOCTORS have cautiously thrown their support behind a federal government move to test public opinion before embarking on a 10-year mental health reform “roadmap”.

Health reform: full steam ahead?

The Commonwealth has announced a new model of funding for healthcare, but is it enough to revitalise the stalled reform of the sector? Pamela Wilson reports.

More is less for Medicare Locals

The Gillard Government’s decision to increase the number of Medicare Locals (MLs) has received a mixed reaction from the divisions of general practice, with some claiming it will stymie and delay health reform.  As part of the revamped COAG deal, Prime Minister Julia Gillard raised the number of MLs beyond the planned 57 to ensure the organisations were more responsive to community needs.  But AGPN chair Dr Emil Djakic said the decision would result in weaker, less effective organisations. “Creating a larger number of what will be less capable organisations with a dilution of funding and ...

More is less for Medicare Locals

THE Gillard Government’s decision to increase the number of Medicare Locals (MLs) has received a mixed reaction from the divisions of general practice, with some claiming it will stymie and delay health reform.  As part of the revamped COAG deal, Prime Minister Julia Gillard raised the number of MLs beyond the planned 57 to ensure the organisations were more responsive to community needs.  But AGPN chair Dr Emil Djakic said the decision would result in weaker, less effective organisations. “Creating a larger number of what will be less capable organisations with a dilution of funding and ...

Roxon hopeful over reforms in face of looming veto by states

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon has denied the $50 billion Council of Australian Governments (COAG) health reforms are collapsing, despite a number of states looking unlikely to agree to the deal as its deadline looms. Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu has signalled he will push for changes to the deal negotiated by his predecessor John Brumby when COAG meets next week on 14 February, while Western Australia has stood firm on its decision not to hand over a portion of its GST to fund the reforms. NSW Liberal Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell – likely to take power in next ...

Senate inquiry rejects reforms as answer to health blame shifting

A SENATE inquiry has criticised Labor’s health reform proposals as a “wasted opportunity”, saying the sweeping plans will not end the blame game. The final report of the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee echoed fears from doctors groups the reforms would add to the bureaucracy while potentially limiting clinician involvement.  The recent inquiry into the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reforms found that far from ending the blame game between the federal and state governments over health system funding, there had been “no fundamental change in the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and the ...

Senate inquiry rejects reforms as answer to health blame shifting

A SENATE inquiry has criticised Labor’s health reform proposals as a “wasted opportunity”, saying the sweeping plans will not end the blame game. The final report of the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee echoed fears from doctors groups the reforms would add to the bureaucracy while potentially limiting clinician involvement.  The recent inquiry into the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reforms found that far from ending the blame game between the federal and state governments over health system funding, there had been “no fundamental change in the roles and responsibilities of the Commonwealth and the ...

GP claims nurse incentives will cost practice $120,000

FURTHER evidence has emerged that the Federal Government’s practice nurse funding reforms could backfire, with one practice claiming it is set to lose $120,000 a year and will be forced to reduce bulk-billing as a result of the new scheme. The news comes amid fresh warnings from RDAA CEO Steve Sant that some rural practices will be forced to review and potentially cut back nurse staffing levels under the new practice nurse model.  From January 2012 nurse items for Pap smears, wound dressings and immunisations are to be scrapped in favour of block payments to support employing ...

WA docs say no to reforms

WEST Australian doctors have backed their premier’s decision not to sign up to the Federal Government’s hospitals reform package. With all other states and territories agreeing to the proposed reforms, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he would work with the nation’s only Liberal Premier to reach a compromise. But he signalled the reform could go ahead without the resistant state. WA Premier Colin Barnett’s refusal to hand over 30% of the state’s GST revenue into a pooled funding arrangement has won support from local doctors. Geraldton GP Dr Murray James-Wallace welcomed the stand. He said little ...

Money for mental health is ‘inadequate’ for reform

Money for mental health is ‘inadequate’ for reform

HOPES for reforming the mental health system have suffered a blow, with experts heavily critical of the commitments made at last week’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting. Key figures have welcomed the investment in mental health but say the $174 million falls far short of what is needed for genuine change. Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry, from the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, said mental health “had missed out”. “When you contrast it with the billions that have been pumped into the system over the last few weeks ...

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