- review all Medicare-funded procedures, tests and treatments
- examine new ways to pay GPs providing care for patients with chronic conditions and mental health problems
- develop new rules to crackdown on Medicare cheats"
The SMH has reported: "She has asked for advice on priority actions for each of the three areas by late this year. This means there will be no structural reform of Medicare in next month's budget, and raises the possibility that the Coalition could seek a mandate for any significant proposals at the election due in the second half of 2016.
- Bruce Robinson, the Dean of Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney, will lead the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce, which will be charged with weeding out low-value, ineffective and overpriced procedures and tests.
- Former Australian Medical Association president Steve Hambleton will lead the Primary Health Care Advisory Group, which will investigate options to improve GP care for people with complex and chronic illness and mental health conditions, and foster stronger connections between GP care and hospital care. The group will also look at "innovative care and funding models," which could include doctors getting a payment for each patient enrolled with their practice, or being paid an annual fee to look after a patient, rather than being paid for each visit...
The Guardian adds: "Labor has previously backed the review on rebates but only if the money saved is pumped back into the health system. “These cannot and should not be savings for savings sake. It is critical that the focus of such reviews is on quality and safety and that any savings are reinvested back into the healthcare system, and particularly in areas of healthcare reform,” shadow health minister Catherine King said."