- Written by Robin Osborne
- Published: 10 August 2014
The Australian government has launched a process to gauge whether a private sector provider might be interested in, and suitable for, processing the $19 billion of medical benefits claims and $10 billion of pharmaceutical claims that the Department of Health handles annually.
In a national press ad marked ‘Market Testing’, the department has invited expressions of interest for companies able to provide “dynamic and innovative commercial solutions capable of providing these claims and payment services with a high degree of efficiency and integrity and which are adaptive and responsive to ongoing changes to the underpinning politics aimed at improving Australia’s health system.”
- Written by Adelle Purbrick, Accredited Practising Dietitian & Sports Dietitian
- Published: 06 August 2014
Omega-3 fatty acids are a vital part of every cell-membrane in our body. Eiconsanoids derived from Omega-3 have potent anti-inflammatory properties preventing atherosclerosis. In addition Omega-3s play a role in cancer prevention, brain development and function, vision, preventing depression, reducing pain, reducing body fat and insulin resistance.
Cardiovascular benefits of Omega-3s include: promoting vasodilation; reducing platelet aggregation, blood viscosity, blood pressure and resting pulse rate; increasing arterial compliance and ventricular filling capacity; raised HDL levels and reduced triglycerides.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 02 August 2014
Despite well-formulated submissions to the Senate’s Community Affairs References Committee and a lengthy door-stop press conference at Parliament House by its president, A/Prof Brian Owler the AMA is yet to detail how it will feels the Abbott government should amend the proposed changes to out-of-pocket costs for healthcare.
One thing is clear: while the peak body remains committed to the principle of co-payments, it does not support the Budget’s across-the-board $7.00 per GP visit co-payment, calling it “poorly designed… bad health policy because of potential perverse outcomes which create even greater demand for more expensive health services”.
In its Senate submission the AMA argued that, “The Government is justifying the health budget measures on the basis that Australia’s health spending is unsustainable. It is not.“
- Written by Chris Gavaghan
- Published: 21 June 2014
Spring of 2012 had been a fairly dry season on the East coast, punctuated with a significant amount of windy days. Such was the 12th of October when I deliberated about how to get to work – drive my car or bicycle?
Like many Emergency Physicians, I find myself relatively time poor and find it a challenge to get sufficient, regular exercise. I have always found it appealing to use the opportunity of bicycle commuting a useful way to achieve both transport and exercise aims.
- Written by Staff
- Published: 28 July 2014
Far from Lismore, where Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, fronted the media on Wednesday 23 July to promote a health-funding component in the Federal Coalition’s 2014/15 Budget, AMA President, Assoc Prof Brian Owler, was voicing his organisation’s concerns about key aspects of the package at the National Press Club in Canberra.
While the specifics differed – Nash spoke on infrastructure support for GP practices, Owler on health fund involvement in primary care and GP co-payment fees - the timing highlighted the continuing gulf between the Abbott government and key organisations over both proposed and rumoured changes to public health funding.
However, a whiff of compromise is in the air: while certain aspects of the Budget, including the $7.00 co-payment, are yet to be debated in the potentially hostile Senate, they are already under review by the government.
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