Bid to save after-hours industry amid cuts rumours

A leading after-hours deputising service has launched a bid to save the sector from looming Medicare reform amid rumours it's in the firing line for cuts. 

The annual cost of the most-used claims for urgent after-hours home visits (MBS item 597) has risen from $68 million to $153 million within five years. 

It has emerged the National Home Doctor Service has met with Federal Department of Health officials to discuss the sector's contribution to healthcare.

The company says it has figures showing that low-acuity presentations to EDs have stabilised in the wake of the deputising