Australian health week in review: February 7

Following is a collection of recent Australian articles from third-party sources that Pulse+IT readers may enjoy:

Medicare, uni policies falling to backbench revolt?
Medical Observer ~ AAP & Julie Lambert ~ 05/02/2015

CONTROVERSIAL federal government changes to Medicare and universities look set to be dumped or radically altered as Prime Minister Tony Abbott tries to ward off a backbench-led leadership coup.

Co-payment lambasted at Senate hearing
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy & Declan Bowring ~ 05/02/2015

THE government’s claim its co-payment policy would protect Medicare and strengthen the health system has been roundly rejected by doctors and experts speaking at a Senate Select Committee on Health in Canberra today.

Productivity Commission gives thumbs-up to GPs
Australian Doctor ~ Amanda Davey ~ 05/02/2015

General practice is the most efficient and cost-effective part of the Australian health system, says AMA head Associate Professor Brian Owler.

Co-payment being used to bring down Abbott
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 04/02/2015

THE Abbott government’s bungled attempts to introduce a Medicare co-payment have come to symbolise its failure, and are being used by the prime minister’s internal rivals in an attempt to unseat him, experts say.

Bulk-billing practices uncovered
Australian Doctor ~ Amanda Davey ~ 03/02/2015

Researchers have dispelled the myth that bulk-billing is synonymous with six-minute medicine.

Script fees cut statin adherence: study
Pharmacy News ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 02/02/2015

Federal Government plans for a PBS co-payment will act as a deterrent to statin adherence and worsen health outcomes, findings from a general practice-based study suggest.

Bulk-billing has no effect on consult time: study
Australian Doctor ~ Paul Smith ~ 02/02/2015

The suggestion that bulk-billing patients fuels ‘six-minute medicine' appears unfounded, researchers say. A new study, based on a community survey of almost 2500 adult patients, has...

Script fees cut statin adherence: study
Australian Doctor ~ Michael Woodhead ~ 30/01/2015

Federal Government plans for a PBS co-payment will act as a deterrent to statin adherence and worsen health outcomes, findings from a general practice-based study...

Listening, but no Ley-way on co-pay
Medical Observer ~ Flynn Murphy ~ 30/01/2015

HEALTH Minister Sussan Ley gave no ground on her government’s GP co-payment policy when she met doctor groups in Canberra this week.

Elizabeth Coulson on predicting Alzheimer’s disease with MRI
Aged Care Insite ~ Dallas Bastian ~ 29/01/2015

An MRI could be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, new research has revealed. “A subset of nerve cells called cholinergic nerve cells or cholinergic neurons … degenerate in Alzheimer’s disease,” study lead associate professor Elizabeth Coulson from the University of Queensland said.

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