Inadequate MBS rebates at fault for rising patient costs

Speaking in response to a report from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) released yesterday which indicated Australia was within the top five most expensive countries in the world in terms of patient medical bills, AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton accused the CHF of attacking doctors as part of its “hip pocket pain” campaign.

The report stated Australians were paying $1075 every year per person in out-of-pocket medical costs, compared to $476 for New Zealand and $459 for the UK.