Medicare Locals face hefty fees

Medicare Locals are shocked to find they will have to pay the Federal Government around $100,000 a year for basic information such as whether practices in local communities have after-hours arrangements in place.

The information is crucial if the $416 million Medicare Locals network is to fulfil its mandate of identifying where local communities are missing out on services, and addressing those gaps.

But according to Dr Jon Wardle (PhD), who is conducting research on behalf of Medicare Locals, the Department of Human Services has said it will charge