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Guaranteeing Medicare – improving quality and safety through stronger compliance

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Publication date: 
31 March 2019
Publication type: 
Fact Sheet
Intended audience: 
General public
Description: 

The Government will invest $105.9 million over five years from 2018–19 to continue to improve Medicare compliance arrangements and debt recovery practices to ensure Medicare services are targeted at serving the health needs of Australian patients. This will include curbing inappropriate claiming by health providers, and discouraging overuse of Medicare through unnecessary requests for services, such as through excessive prescribing.

Improved compliance and debt recovery arrangements were among the principles agreed with the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in preparing the 2017–18 Budget. The Government will continue to consult professional bodies and stakeholder groups on improved compliance strategies.