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Annual Report - Major Achievements
Outcome Performance ReportMajor AchievementsOutcome SummaryPerformance IndicatorsFinancial Resources Summary

Major Achievements

  • Improved transparency and timeliness of PBS processes to meet commitments under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.
  • Implementation and management of the Extended Medicare Safety-Net.
  • Additional 21 Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines were approved for Medicare eligibility, bringing the total number of units across Australia to 86.
  • Introduction of two new medical indemnity schemes - the Premium Support Scheme and the Run-off Cover Scheme focussing on the affordability and security of medical indemnity cover for doctors.
  • A new Allied Health and Dental Care Initiative was introduced on 1 July 2004.

Challenges

  • Finalised the review of the lipid lowering drugs.
  • Improving the Practice Incentives Program and Enhanced Primary Care Medicare items to reduce red tape and increase uptake of care planning Services.
  • Consulting, costing and implementing the 12.5 per cent generic brand medicine, price reduction measure.


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