Better use of healthcare professionals is vital for a sustainable Medicare
Removing barriers to physiotherapists referring patients directly to medical specialists with a Medicare rebate, instead of requiring a GP referral, would achieve better patient-centred care, as well as over $13 million in savings to Medicare each year. This would also reduce out-of-pocket payments for patients by more than $2 million per year.
Other sustainable measures that would improve healthcare for patients and save money include:
• Physiotherapists leading screening