More money needed for aged care

Doctors’ groups say that, despite its ambitious scope, the long awaited ‘Living Longer, Living Better’ package – centred around keeping more older Australians in their homes for longer – committed too little spending to getting more older patients access to a GP while providing scant detail on how the money would be spent.

Government documents claim 30% of admissions of older people to hospital could be avoided if patients had access to a GP. But the AMA has argued the $14.2 million to improve access to GPs via video consultations ignores the additional house calls that will be needed

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