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

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