Mr. Peter Slipper
Federal Member for Fisher, Federal Government.
The cutting of the Medicare rebate for the attention to patients wounds
in a Doctor's Surgery by the surgery nurse.
Were you aware that some time in the last few days the Department of Health has apparently advised medical centres and GP surgeries that Medicare will no longer pay rebates for Item No. 10996 which covers dressings applied by nurses who work with general practitioner doctors in their surgeries.
Can you advise if:
Inquiries from the Practice Manager at a local surgery has advised that, to ensure that GPs do not lose any income from this change of policy, they will be given " incentives" to make up for the lost income; this is expected to take effect next month.
In this case :
When were the people of Australia advised that this particular benefit was to be deleted.
The Hon Peter Slipper. M.P.
Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Federal Member for Fisher
Location: Shop 10A & 10B Cartwright Centre,
138 Point Cartwright Road,
Buddina Qld 4575
Postal Address: P.O. Box 1224, Buddina. Qld. 4575
Phone 07 5443 3555.
Fax: (07) 5443 7270.
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