"Stinker" Medicare Locals name safe

Former health minister Nicola Roxon has been accused of bungling the naming of Medicare Locals after it emerged it is illegal for them have “Medicare” in their title.

The Federal Government is introducing legislation to prevent the 61 Medical Locals falling foul of the law because it is technically an offence to use the word “Medicare” in a business context.

Many of those leading the Medicare Local reforms have always hated the name, saying the public will think the new primary health care organisations&nbsp

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