Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Medicare Freeze Plan Will Only Cause Pain

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Medicare Freeze Plan Will Only Cause Pain

Article excerpt

I WOULD like to make comment on the the article that revealed the AMA was concerned healthcare costs would go up under rebate freeze published earlier this month.

The Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) is concerned about the impact on people with diabetes from the Medicare Freeze extended until 2020 and the cut in aged care funding by $1.2b over four years.

The Medicare freeze means that people with diabetes who need to see a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE), are less likely to be able to afford to see them.

This exacerbates the current Medicare restrictions of five visits a year for people with a chronic condition to an allied health processional, including a CDE.

It is hit or miss if they ever get to see a CDE unless they pay full fee for the visit.

This is made worse by the fact that CDE services provided by a nurse as distinct from an allied health CDE, are unlikely to be rebated through private health insurance. …

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