No big Social Security reforms have taken effect since the Reagan administration.
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If Congress and the White House fail to take action, Social Security beneficiaries would see a sudden 23% cut in their monthly checks in 2034.
COVID-19 hasn’t vanished, but at this point it’s doing less damage.
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The emergency status allowed the federal government to cut through a mountain of red tape, with the goal of responding to the pandemic more efficiently.
The big news on budget night was a tripling of the bulk-billing incentive. It’s hoped to stem the decline in bulk billing – but it’s unclear if it will increase it.
The new reforms tackle some of the biggest challenges in general practice: outmoded technology, GPs working with little support, a broken funding model and restrictive regulations.
The May 9 budget will include a $2.2 billion suite of measures to seek to ease pressures in primary health care and hospitals, as well as containing initiatives directed towards the crisis in the rental…
In Australia’s bulk-billing ‘deserts’, it’s incredibly difficult to find a doctor who will bulk bill. The government should step in to support or set up clinics so locals have access to health care.
New research suggests GPs aren’t routinely defrauding Medicare, and in fact have saved the system hundreds of millions of dollars by under-billing.
Research shows that uninsured people are more likely to get care later in pregnancy, and less care overall. This increases risks for mothers and babies.
Discontinuing expanded health-care funding will result in less prenatal care for uninsured patients, more health risks, higher costs to the health system, and moral distress for health-care providers.
Medicare access could be restricted to GPs who agree to bulk bill all patients, while allowing those who don’t bulk bill to rely solely on out-of-pocket payments.
The number of Americans covered by Medicare is growing.
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The program’s expenses are rising rapidly as baby boomers retire and health care costs grow.
Some 90% of Australians have a My Health Record. But even if it has health information stored on there, it might be less than informative and rarely referred to.
Medicare needs an overhaul to improve patients’ access to quality care. And we have a unique opportunity to shake up how health care is provided.
More Australians are delaying care or going to emergency departments because they can’t see a GP. Here are six reasons why.
COVID-19 emergency status prompted coordinated vaccination efforts by health care providers, paramedics, volunteers and others.
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President Joe Biden’s intention to end the national COVID-19 emergency will have long-lasting ripple effects on federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce report is light on detail but lays out clear directions and includes big reforms. However, change won’t be easy.
Former Saskatchewan Premier and national New Democratic Party leader T.C. (Tommy) Douglas in 1965. Douglas was instrumental in the creation of Medicare.
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At the dawn of Medicare, Saskatchewan’s community co-op clinics pioneered team-based, holistic care. Now, with the health system in crisis 60 years later, it may be time to return to that care model.
‘See your GP’ is standard advice. But what if you don’t have one? Or yours is shutting up shop? Here’s how to find a new GP who suits you.
Medicare rebated psychology sessions are going back down to ten, following their pandemic boost to 20. But we know ten isn’t enough for most mental health disorders.
A new Grattan report recommends making general practice a team sport, using the skills of other clinicians and health-care workers.
Online and phone consultations might ease pressure on local clinics and mean you can access paperwork when visiting a GP isn’t possible. But there are downsides to be aware of too.