Are the after-hours reforms really a win for GPs?

Paul Smith looks at the good, the bad and the ugly


It is always best to handle with care the fragile semantics used in the political battle over Medicare funding for after hours.

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Hold the meanings too tight and they become dust.

For instance, when you read through the ministerial media release announcing the changes — issued shortly before Christmas — you can see very clearly the way the Federal Government wants to sell its reforms.

It states the following:

  • The Medicare rebate will be adjusted to better reflect the qualifications of the doctor providing the urgent after