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How to access financial help for major medical bills

If you have a chronic illness that is expensive to treat, the Government has a few ways it can help you meet your medical costs.

Medicare

Saving Medicare: Labor wants a tweak, GPs seek funds injection

Shadow health minister Chris Bowen wants to refresh Medicare, but general GPs say a modest investment could yield big benefits.

Centrelink – Services Australia

Services Australia has a plan to reduce application processing times

Service Australia is trialling new optical character recognition (OCR) technology that, if successful, will greatly reduce application, assessment and payment wait times.

COVID-19

How telehealth can help you and keep medicos safe

The coronavirus telehealth arrangements are vital for both doctors and older Australians – and they're bulk-billed

Health

Private health insurance industry in a ‘death spiral’

The head of a major health insurer wants the Government to abolish Medicare, but a Grattan Institute report says the private health insurance industry is in a death spiral.

Centrelink News

Your Medicare records are now being used in debt checks

The Government is now using your Medicare data in a bid to uncover ‘discrepancies’ between Centrelink claims and medical records.

Federal Election 2019

Labor announces a plan to subsidise dental for older Australians

Labor leader Bill Shorten has pledged $2.4 billion towards dental care for age pensioners and anyone holding a Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card.

Federal Election 2019

Free blood tests for older Australians on the table

Labor reignites the ‘blood feud’ that began with its Mediscare campaign, by promising bulk-billing incentives that include free blood tests for older Australians and cancer patients.

Finance

How does the Medicare rebate freeze affect you?

Labor leader Bill Shorten promises to end freeze within 50 days if elected.

Federal Budget 2019

Federal Budget 2019: Medicare benefits from healthy economy

If older Australians are looking for where they will benefit most from a budget surplus, health is where they may find it.

Federal Budget 2019

Federal Budget 2019: Improved access to medicines and health services

More medicines will be more affordable, and Australians will benefit from improved access to health services.

Health news

Friday Flash Poll: Should ‘Denticare’ become an election issue?

Calls for a universal dental care scheme have strengthened, but is it an election issue for you? Tell us what you think in our Friday Flash Poll.

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