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Catholic Health says patients deserve better rebates


Catholic Health Australia yesterday called for a greater injection of public funds into patient rebates for visits to GPs.

CEO Francis Sullivan recognised that the Labor Opposition has attempted to address the decline in bulk billing rates, but said both major parties must invest more in patient rebates to make visits to the doctor more affordable and more likely to be bulk billed.

He welcomed Labor's $60 million pledge for initiatives to alleviate public hospital emergency department pressures. But he said that attempts to stem the tide of patients entering emergency departments would not work unless visits to the local GP were made more affordable.

He said: "Institutionalising GP services alongside public hospitals can shift some demand pressures, but will be counter productive if patients move from existing GP services."

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Patients Deserve Better Rebates To Visit The Doctor (Catholic Health Australia)

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29 Oct 2003