Medical News

Top suggestions for fixing Medicare

02 Mar

1. LEGISLATION: Mandate to allow doctors to charge a gap fee only on top of a bulk-billed consultation. 2. TIME: Look to relative value of time. Have equally weighted six-minute time slots — six, 12, 18 minutes and so on. This recognises some quality medicine can occur in six minutes, but this is not unduly rewarded […]

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General practice is efficient and economic – look elsewhere for savings

02 Mar

FIRSTLY, the core principles are: the Hippocratic oath; the health system is fair; the health system is affordable; the people of Australia pay for all the medical expenses through tax, insurance and out-of-pocket costs; first-world medicine for all Australians; doctors are doctors for a reason; nurses are nurses, and pharmacists are pharmacists. INTRODUCTION The current […]

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Doctor-rating website using AHPRA records

02 Mar

AHPRA says a mysterious new website that lets patients anonymously rate their doctors is using the agency’s records without permission. The DoctorInspector website – which bills itself as an “open crowdsource doctor rating site” – has been the subject of several complaints to the agency in the past weeks. Many Australian health professionals – from […]

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Work related self-education expenses

30 Jul

The government’s decision to impose a $2,000 cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses will impact on workers in the health and medical fields who spend considerable amounts on self-education annually. Health workers are required to undertake diverse training, in both VET and private education courses. This ensures they keep up to date with […]

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Work health and safety laws

26 Jan

Legislation forms the basis of the medical practice’s policies and procedures. It is compulsory for a workplace to abide by these laws.  Legislation states there is a legal obligation for the employer to show a duty of care towards their employees. A duty of care means they have to anticipate any possible cause of injury […]

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Medicare service changes

08 Jan

All Medicare Service Centres are now cashless and have ceased evening trading. Medicare benefits will be paid straight into your bank account – either by simply swiping your debit card at a service centre for instant access to your benefit, or by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to have your benefit paid into your bank account […]

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BSBOHS201A ‘Participate in OHS processes’ has been superseded

18 Dec

BSBOHS201A ‘Participate in OHS processes” has been superseded by and equivalent to BSBWHS201A – Contribute to health and safety of self and others. Terminology has been updated to reflect new work health and safety legislation. Critical aspects revised. Guidance information for assessment amended. Due to the change in the health and safety unit,  BSB31112 – […]

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