- ‘A new Medicare: Strengthening general practice’ calls for an overhaul of the way GPs work and get paid.
- The report found Australia’s system has failed to keep up with changes to the community’s health needs.
- It says GPs need to have access to larger teams, a new payment system, and adequate data, funding, and support.
So how does the current system work, how is it failing, and what needs to change?
What is Medicare and how does it work?
Under Medicare, Austrlalia’s universal healthcare system, Australians can have some or all of the costs of their necessary health care covered.
Medicare does not cover ambulance transport, most dental services, glasses and hearing aids, or cosmetic surgery.
How is it ‘failing’?
The effects are worst for poorer Australians, who are twice as likely to have multiple chronic diseases as wealthy Australians.
What needs to be done?
“This is common overseas and evidence shows it can deliver excellent results,” the report says.
“That money can fund the recommendations in this report, repairing the foundation of Australia’s healthcare system and creating a new Medicare that is ready for the decades ahead.”