Changes to Govt health reform plans revealed

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has unveiled the Government’s revised health reform plans including a number of sweeteners and concessions aimed at winning over the states ahead of this Sunday’s Council of Australian Governments meeting.

As part of the new deal to be put to the states, the Federal Government would expand the number of Medicare locals above the previously planned 57 while increasing the number set to become operational this year.

It would also fast-track reforms to after-hours GP care, through which Medicare Locals will plan and support local face-to

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