Editors Note: When reading this article please also read our other post about cutbacks in funding to the Aged Care system. This funding discussed below is just for the call centre. Isn’t it great that they will be able to talk to you more quickly, to let you know they don’t have enough funding for your disability needs.
Note that the original article is only available if you register on the Pulse+IT site. However the extract below provides the main points.
The My Aged Care system has received a funding boost of $136.6 million over three years to equip its call centre to handle an expected surge in the volume of inquiries but the hospital sector and general practice in particular have come away empty-handed from the 2016 federal budget.
Doctors’ groups have reacted with fury to the continuation and extension of the pause on the indexation of the Medicare rebate out to 2020, with RACGP president Frank Jones saying he was “extraordinarily disappointed” on an initial examination of the budget and the AMA saying the budget confirmed the government’s “health policy vacuum”.