Labor values the important role that after hours home visits play in our health care system. Home visits improve access to primary care outside 9-to-5, and can help to prevent unnecessary and expensive hospital visits.
As you may be aware, the Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce is reviewing after hours home visits in response to concerns about the quality and cost of some home visit services.
The Taskforce has now published a preliminary report, which is available at http://mbsreview.com.au/reports/after-hours-report_1.html.
If you have not done so already, you may wish to provide feedback on the draft recommendations via http://mbsreview.com.au/after-hours.html.
Labor will carefully review the Taskforce’s final report when it is available, as well as the Government’s response to it.
Please be assured that Labor will not support another senseless attack on Medicare by Malcolm Turnbull.
In his time as Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull has extended the freeze on Medicare rebates to six years. He has also tried to cut $650 million from vital scans and blood tests, slash the Medicare Safety Nets and raise the price of vital medicines by up to $5, even for pensioners.
Only Labor and many community advocates have stopped the Government from implementing these plans in full at this stage.
The Medicare Review must not become another excuse for Mr Turnbull to cut Medicare. Any savings that are recommended by doctors and agreed by the Government must be reinvested in Medicare – as Labor promised to do before the last election.