Rollout of Medicare Locals under fire

THE Medicare Locals rollout has already been branded “chaos”, with delays on the announcement of some Medicare Locals while boundaries are redrawn and indications the transition for divisions could take years.

Last week’s announcement of the first 15 MLs was marred by the renewed criticism of the initiative. Despite the looming 1 July launch date,  the Federal Government has further delayed naming the first four Victorian MLs. They are expected to be announced this week pending redrawn geographical boundaries.

In WA, two of the state’s six MLs have also unexpectedly split in two, and in NSW, three Sydney-based divisions who were to form one ML have now been permanently separated after disagreements during the tendering process.  

The last-minute changes have provided the AMA with ammunition for its latest attack on the $416 million ML program, which has been spearheaded by the WA chapter. AMA WA has launched a $100