Train GPs in the Bush for the Bush: Deputy PM

By Michael McCormack*
It’s simply not good enough. That is your first thought when you meet the people affected by Australia’s rural doctor shortage.
The people who travel for hours on country roads or who wait for weeks or even longer just to see a doctor. Those who do their best – who rally local business communities to help, who open their arms to a new recruit and make them welcome – just to make sure the doctor stays. Yet this is the reality in many country communities around Australia. Continue reading “Train GPs in the Bush for the Bush: Deputy PM”

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2018

Member Communication and Practice Support

As we mentioned in our December newsletter we have been working to try to improve communication and support our members who are spread across the country.

In February we trialled an online interactive seminar (read Webinar you can hold a discussion in) for the Queensland members and some other Queensland practice owners. The topic was Changes to the Cybersecurity Legislation and the Requirements for Reporting Security Breaches. We had a very good presentation from Redfish and a great discussion. Continue reading “Welcome to our first newsletter for 2018”

The new pathology duopoly

Primary Health Care and Sonic Healthcare are an oligopoly present investment opportunity, according to an article by Graham Witcomb, an analyst with Intelligent Investor, in The Sydney Morning Herald. He writes that the growth in productivity of Australian pathology has been spectacular. Rebates for pathology have, in real terms, fallen by about 60 per cent since Medicare began in 1984, and yet the businesses delivering these services have done extremely well. Continue reading “The new pathology duopoly”

Department to look at pathology blow-out and GP conduct

The rising number of tests and scans at major clinics and medical centres is under investigation by the Federal Department of Health, according to a report in The Australian. It will focus on whether the cause is inappropriate financial arrangements. The department will look at compliance and whether GPs are getting unlawful kick-backs to request pathology services, especially where the services are co-located. Continue reading “Department to look at pathology blow-out and GP conduct”

Concern over charges to private health funds

The Federal Government is very concerned about the growing practice of private health insurance being charged by public hospitals for treatments that should be free, according to the Minister for Health, Greg Hunt. Figures released (Dec 2017) by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) show that state governments and hospitals are continuing to actively encourage patients to use their private health insurance to boost hospital revenue. Continue reading “Concern over charges to private health funds”