Newcastle photographs by Bill Collison
"There is a lot of uncertainty in Primary Health Care at present. We need an organisation that can represent local General Practice in the face of direct challenges to our practices and our patients. We need an organisation that can span across these changes, and to speak for General Practice throughout, whether it is to...the Primary Health Network, or to other key parties along the way."
Dr Tony Isaac, GP, Kotara
Listen to former HGPA chair, Dr Fiona Van Leeuwen, as she was interviewed on ABC Newcastle 1233 on 5 Feb 2015, just as she was about to address the Senate Select Committee on Health public hearing
The Hunter is a region with a much higher proportion of disadvantaged community members than the leafy green suburbs of North Sydney. This was recognised by giving the Hunter region access to a higher rebate for bulk-billed patients. But on the 1st of January 2020, Scott Morrison is cutting back payments for bulk-billing in our region to match suburbs like Mosman.
By doing this, Scott Morrison is removing a staggering $7.5 Million Health Dollars from our region. That's $7.5 Million dollars directly used by GPs to bulk-bill the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community - including our children.
Coming on top of payments that have already been severely reduced (e.g. the "Medicare rebate freeze") this will force GPs to start charging a gap payment for our most vulnerable people.
C'mon, ScoMo - why are you picking on us?
Fair Go, ScoMo - don't take $7.5 Million away from the most vulnerable in our community!!!
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