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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: Improved access to medicines and health services

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

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.

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.

Health

Can we get affordable dental care for older Australians?

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for primary dental care, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Health

Major parties united in approach to tackle heart health issues

The Liberal and Labor parties have announced their support for comprehensive heart health checks to be financed by Medicare.

Health news

Medicare sitting on $110m in unpaid rebates

Medicare has in its coffers around $110 million in unclaimed rebates owed to Australians who haven’t supplied correct information or have failed to chase up contributions.

Health Checks

Where can you find a bulk billing doctor?

How would you like access to a directory that lists all types of medical practitioners, from doctors and dentists to psychologists and optometrists?

Health

Government forced to extend My Health Record opt-out date

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has capitulated and extended the deadline to opt out of the My Health Record database until 31 January next year.

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