Banning ‘double billing’ smells of cost savings

Dr Caroline Rogers
GP, Brookvale, NSW

I REMEMBER back to the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme days, spending hours on the phone to different people at Medicare, with their varying levels of knowledge and inclination to help, trying to work out exactly what the criteria were for inclusion in this scheme.

Patients had their idea of who should be included. “My next door neighbour had a heart attack and got free visits to the dentist. Why can’t I?” Colleagues had their own ideas (ranging from