Posted April 05, 2018 06:14:18A major shakeup of the national health system has been announced with a plan to reduce the number of people on the waiting list for life-saving surgery by a third.
Key points:Medicare will be reduced to its lowest level since the end of the world war II era by 2020, while some key policies are to be axedMedicare has been the lifeblood of the Australian health system since its inceptionIn the coming weeks, the government is also expected to cut its payments to the Commonwealth Health Insurance Corporation (CHIC) and abolish its health insurance scheme.
The changes come after the Turnbull Government was forced to abandon its controversial $20 billion Medicare rebates scheme in 2019.
It has been revealed that the payments to CHIC will be cut from $11.2 billion to $6.8 billion over the next two years.
Under the plan announced today, Medicare will be abolished in 2020 and the scheme will be replaced with a new system that will provide private health insurance to eligible Australians.
The plan includes the creation of a single national health insurance plan to provide a single-payer system.
The Medicare scheme was established in 1948 by the Hawke Government in an attempt to address the problems of Australia’s wartime health system.
Under this system, the Commonwealth pays the Medicare rebate to hospitals for treating patients with chronic conditions.
The rebate was abolished in 1980.
But under the Medicare Rebate Reform Plan (MRP), the rebate was reinstated in 2017 to fund new health initiatives.
The new Medicare rebate system was announced in 2018 by the Turnbull government as part of its plan to increase funding for health services.
The Federal Government has been under increasing pressure from the AMA to provide more funding to the public health system, with the AMA urging that the rebate should be cut by half.
The AMA’s National Council for the Social Health, which represents the AMA’s more than 1,300 members, welcomed the changes to the Medicare rebatement.
Dr Peter Marshall, AMA chief executive, said: “The rebatification of Medicare will save Medicare a great deal of money and significantly improve the quality of care provided to Australians.”
It will also ensure that Medicare will remain the single largest source of public health funding and support for the future.
“The changes to Medicare include the elimination of the Medicare Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS), the Commonwealth Medical Insurance Scheme (CMIS), the Medicare Insurance Scheme, and the Medical Benefits Insurance Scheme.
These include:Medicaid changesThe Medicare Medical Benefit Scheme will be reformed into a single payment that is funded by the Medicare levy, rather than the Government’s current system.
This will see the Government provide funding to private health insurers to provide health insurance for eligible Australians, rather then the Commonwealth.
Medicare rebates are currently payable by both employers and employees.
Under current legislation, employers must pay a premium to Medicare, while employees must pay Medicare rebate payments.
The Government is proposing to replace this by making private health premiums, which are currently funded by employers, funded by Medicare.
The reforms will also allow for Medicare rebated health insurance schemes to be created for people who are self-employed.
These schemes would provide a range of benefits to those who are unemployed and self-supporting.
The government is recommending the Medicare Universal Benefits Scheme be created to provide the same benefits to self-funded individuals.
Health insurance reformsThe Government will also reform the Medicare system to remove the current Medicare Rebatment Insurance Scheme and introduce the Medicare Health Insurance Scheme in 2019, which would provide health care coverage to Australians over 65 and would allow the Government to cover the cost of the rebates for enrollees who are 65 years and older.
Healthcare reformsMedicare rebate reform will also include changes to:The Medicare Health Benefits Insurance scheme will also be abolished, with payments to it being replaced by a single, universal health insurance program.
This new universal health care insurance scheme will provide Medicare rebate payouts to people over 65 years of age.
The universal health health insurance system will also provide a universal access to Medicare rebate payment for Medicare enrollees over 65.
These payments will be made in a single lump sum, rather in a lump sum or a monthly payment.
These will be paid out to Medicare enrolles over the age of 65 in a fixed lump sum.
The health insurance reforms are being introduced as part, rather of the Health Care Productivity Commission (HCPC) reforms that were announced earlier this year.