Medicare reports

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Mark Butler has issued the following statement regarding Medicare reporting.

The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

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Australians are rightly proud of Medicare and of the committed group of doctors and other health professionals who deliver Medicare services.
 
Australians know that the overwhelming bulk of Australia’s doctors and health professionals are honest, hardworking and comply with Medicare rules.
 
But they also understand that, after nine years of cuts and neglect, every dollar in Medicare is precious and must be spent directly on patient care.
 
All governments must apply strict compliance standards to any publicly funded system - including Medicare - to ensure that the small minority that do the wrong thing are picked up quickly and dealt with. 
 
In light of reports in the Channel 9 papers today, I’ve asked my Department to provide me with an analysis of Dr Faux’s work, and a report on the Department’s existing compliance, audit and Professional Services Review programs. 

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