Category: Publications

Increasing Medicare rebates in the bush will not decrease patient out of pocket costs. Here’s why.

A Ministerial Advisory Committee on private health reform has proposed an increase in Medicare rebates as a way of reducing out-of-pocket costs when rural patients require inpatient services. It seems logical but will it really achieve its objective? In this article Margaret explains why it won’t work. https://croakey.org/increasing-medicare-rebates-in-the-bush-will-not-reduce-patient-out-of-pocket-costs-heres-why/  

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Lies, damned lies and Medicare bulk-billing rates

In this article recently published in The Medical Republic, Margaret Faux discusses the myth that 85% of GP services are bulk billed. Please click on the below link to read this fascinating article.  http://www.medicalrepublic.com.au/lies-damned-lies-medicare-bulk-billing-rates/

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Is after hours care keeping patients out of emergency departments?

Medicare expenditure on after hours GP services has risen dramatically in the past year. But does it really keep patients out of Emergency Departments. Margaret Faux chatted with Ellen Leadbeater on 2SER FM’s Think Health about the rise in after hours care. Listen to the full transcript here.

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Privatisation of Medicare is risky business

We have come to expect that our politicians will dismiss each other’s policies as scaremongering when it’s expedient to do so. But we demand more of our journalists, whose job it is to provide balance and perspective. Last night the ABC let us down in this regard when it comes to ‘Mediscare’, by failing to properly analyse […]

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Does Medicare Need Modernising?

Medicare is one of those things that’s distinctly Australian but does it need to adapt to the times? Margaret Faux is a lawyer, registered nurse and founder of Synapse Medical Services. Her PhD is entitled “Claiming and compliance under the Medicare Benefits Schedule: A critical examination of medical practitioner experiences, perceptions, attitudes and knowledge.” She’s […]

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Seeking a Cure, The Private Practice Magazine

In putting out an SOS for the Medicare Benefits Scheme, Margaret Faux says what we need is a thorough examination of the way it is used, along with a truly sustainable solution. Seeking a Cure (488 KB)  

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