Rip-off concern as GPs drummed out of hearing aid tests

The RACGP says vulnerable patients will be targeted by unscrupulous vendors upselling 'unnecessary' hearing aids

Elderly and vulnerable patients could be ripped off by hearing aid companies because they no longer need a GP to access a subsidised device, the RACGP says.

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Late last year, the Federal Government removed the requirement for patients to obtain a medical certificate before purchasing a hearing aid with a government subsidy through its Hearing Services Program.

The government said the reform was needed to make it easier for patients to access the scheme, which paid an average of $606 towards the cost of a hearing aid to more than 785,000

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