Defence not to blame for doctors' fees

The Department of Defence says it has no say in the money offered to specialists to treat defence force personnel, amid claims doctors are walking away in the face of significant funding cuts.

This year a private contractor — Medibank Health Solutions — was brought in to provide on- and off-base healthcare to 80,000 members of the Australian Defence Force.

The four-year contract is worth $1.3 billion but specialist doctors have warned they will stop offering their services, because Medibank’s fee schedule is now less than that for