Health sector 'omni-shambles': report

THE health sector, still reeling from the impact of harsh health measures introduced in the 2014 budget, continues to suffer under a $1.3 billion MBS rebate freeze.

It faces uncertainty over hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts meted out in the 2015 budget, according to an interim report of the Senate select committee on health chaired by Labor senator Deborah O’Neill, which has recently held 19 public hearings across Australia.

The report characterises the Abbott government’s health policy as an “omni-shambles”. Testimony from around the country reveals particular

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