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Campaign Against Government Pathology Fee Cuts
The government has announced further fee cuts for healthcare services, and on this occasion with regards to pathology bulk billing, effective 1 July 2016. Over the last few years, the primary health care industry has suffered by a decrease in real payments due to frozen consult rebates, and for pathology this amounts to over 40 percent since 2000. Now, the government is introducing harmful pathology fee cuts.
HealthCert’s vision is a world where nobody dies from skin cancer – and affordable access to pathology services is key to early diagnosis and prevention of unnecessary deaths. As such we believe it’s important to support bulk billing for pathology services and ensure patients have affordable access to the vital tests ordered by their GP. If patients have to incur out-of-pocket costs, they might choose to refrain from the tests which would result in increased death and morbidity.
If the government doesn’t reverse this decision, there will also be negative consequences for GPs and their staff who would have to learn and explain the additional costs of various pathology services as part of each consult. On the other hand, patients would have to deal with pathology bills after each procedure.
If you would like to see bulk billing in pathology going forward, please take the two minutes to support the petition campaign “Don’t Kill Bulk Bill” and make your voice known.
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