Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the Health insurance amendment (Safety net) bill 2015


Summary

Date: 19 November 2015

On 12 November 2015, the Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015 (the Bill) was referred to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. The Bill sought to implement a 2014-15 Budget measure to simplify Medicare safety net arrangements.

The RACGP’s submission outlines concerns about the way in which qualification for the Medicare safety net and safety net benefits would be calculated if the Bill is passed, potentially leaving patients with significant out-of-pocket costs.

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