Third in series – Articles on out of pocket medical expenses. It is quite possible that reading this article about the complexities of medical fees will furrow your brow and possibly even give you a headache. The issues it canvasses left at least one hospital executive sighing and swearing. As lawyer and medical billing expert […]
Second in series – Articles on out of pocket medical expenses In her previous post in Croakey’s #OutOfPocket series, Margaret Faux acquainted us with Section 51(xxiiiA) of the Australian Constitution, which enshrines doctors’ right to set their own fees, regardless of government and other rebates. It’s a provision that makes out of pocket costs (OOPs) […]
First in series – Articles on out of pocket medical expenses Out of pocket healthcare costs are set to be one of the health politics/policy issues for 2018. In this recent Croakey post author Margaret Faux provides some history on the topic along with an outline of the issues at hand. Read the full article […]
Australian private health insurers (PHI) have an image problem. They are never out of the headlines for long, are criticised for inappropriately profiteering from a $6 billion government handout and still their products seem to offer poor value and satisfy no one. Margaret Faux discusses this identity crisis in ‘The Health Advocate’s latest edition (Issue […]
Recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report reveals that patients in public hospitals with private health insurance have short waiting times for elective surgery than those without private health insurance. Margaret explores behind the headlines in this article. https://croakey.org/behind-the-headlines-on-hospital-waiting-times-lies-a-murky-story-about-lack-of-structural-accountability/
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/
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/
In this podcast recorded live on ABC overnights Margaret Faux discusses the federal government’s plans to privatise Medicare in the context of the 2016 Federal Election.
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.
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 […]