Doctors say $21bn could be saved by eliminating avoidable hospital admissions for older Australians

Doctors say $21bn could be saved by eliminating avoidable hospital admissions for older Australians

The Guardian

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AMA urges Coalition to involve GPs more in aged care and raise Medicare rebate for longer visits to achieve the savings

More than $21bn could be saved on avoidable hospital admissions involving older Australians over the next four years if doctors were better integrated into Australia’s aged care system and the Medicare rebate for longer visits was increased, according to an analysis from the Australian Medical Association.

The AMA has said the current Medicare rebate does not reflect the time it takes general practitioners to travel to aged care facilities or conduct home visits for Australians aged over 65. As a result, the peak body for doctors argued that older Australians were not accessing the healthcare they needed and were ending up in hospital.

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