The Medicare freeze means more paperwork and less medicine

Courtesy of the Medicare rebate freeze, Dr Linda Calabrese is spending more time with people doing clerical services and less utilising medical expertise.

So, we have a new health minister. Greg Hunt has taken the reins, the latest in a long line of probably very well-meaning, earnest and hard-working politicians, who start off sincerely, aiming to make a success of what must seem like a poisoned chalice of a portfolio.

I’m sure most GPs, like myself, would wish him well.

We’d like to think he could improve the system, both for the

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