Govt plan to 'privatise' Medicare: Report

Health Minister Sussan Ley has not ruled out a reported plan to privatise the handling of Medicare and aged-care benefits.

The outsourcing plan could be a feature of the government’s May budget and would require doctors to open their books to private service providers, The West Australian newspaper reports today.

The $50 billion-plus outsourcing would be the first time the private sector has delivered a national service subsidised by the government, replacing back-office operations currently done by bureaucrats, the report says.

Asked to confirm the report, Ms Ley

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