Howard's $1bn shock treatment for Medicare - smh.com.au. Maybe I'm reading this the wrong way, but it looks like Medicare will become the "second class" health care for pensioners and the ubiquitous "battlers"; while doctors will charge whatever they like for non-concession patients. So everyone loses. I do think it's odd that they're acting like doctors still bulk bill.... Most of the doctors in my area stopped bulk billing a while ago; and they all gave the same excuse: "it got too expensive for us to bulk bill" (I think that means they weren't actively making money...). Some doctors are standing firm (GP sticks to his oath of universal care - smh.com.au); but they're the minority.
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