19 June 2016
Labor’s commitment to reverse cuts to the MBS pathology bulk billing incentives welcomed
Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes today’s announcement that a Shorten Labor government would not proceed with the removal of the bulk billing incentive items for pathology tests.
CHA CEO, Suzanne Greenwood said today that “this proposal will remove some of the current financial pressure facing the sector and will help to ensure current levels of bulk billing are maintained.”
“Too many vulnerable and disadvantaged patients are already not accessing necessary health services due to high out of pocket costs for GP and specialist visits. We should not be adding to this burden,” Mrs Greenwood added.
“We welcome this measure as a recognition of the challenges facing pathology, and in particular the not-for-profit and independent providers.”