Navigation Links
Specialist rural GPs to get incentive in Australia

Australian rural doctors who specialize in surgery, obstetrics and gynecology will get a $15,000 annual handout from the federal Government just to continue the work they are already doing. //

The Government has doubled incentives to push general practitioners who carry out procedures conducted by specialists in the city, in a move that will cost taxpayers an extra $5.2million each year.

Almost 800 GPs participate in the incentive program.

Australian health minister Tony Abbott said the Government recognized the higher cost of delivering services to rural areas and wanted to make sure rural doctors performing additional duties continued their work in remote communities.

"This is an important measure for rural communities relying on experienced general practitioners to keep local hospitals running."

The Rural Doctors Association's Andrew Slutzkin says the extra money will make a big difference to regional practices. "It's terrific that the Federal Government has actually upped the ante in relation to procedural doctors," Dr Slutzkin said. "They understand how critically short they are in the country."

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), who welcomed the moves, said now the states and territories had to make a firm commitment to ensure the survival of rural hospitals. "Now the ball is in the state government's court," RDAA vice president Peter Rischbieth said.

Mr Abbott has also announced plans to create a new Medicare item for antenatal checks carried out by qualified nurses, midwives and registered Aboriginal health workers in rural Australia. The plan would enable pregnant women to claim Medicare rebates for antenatal checks in rural and remote areas. The rebate is expected to be about $18.

The move, expected to be introduced within the next six months, would add about $5 million to the annual cost of Medicare.

Dr Rischbieth said the new measures recognised the value and commitment of rural doctors to local communities.

"However, there is no point in producing and maintaining a highly skilled procedural workforce if the rural maternity units or hospitals where they work are closed to save money," he said.

"We look for real commitments from our state and territory governments to maintain our small rural hospitals and communities."


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Specialist care convalesces intensive care survival
2. Specialist surgeon not imperative in melanoma
3. Credentials Of Specialists Need To Be Checked
4. Specialist Services Can Help Ethnic Groups To Tackle Alcohol Misuse
5. Specialist status for breast doctors may be revoked
6. Improved Patient Care from Blood Specialists with New Web based Tool
7. Many Kidney Specialists Feel Unprepared for End-of-Life Decisions
8. Food Safety Extension Specialist Provides Spinach E. coli Advice
9. Madhya Pradesh to Raise the Retirement Age of Specialist Medicos
10. Robots Help Bring Specialist Doctors To You In A Trice
11. Specialists Mystified by Coughing Cases
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/7/2016)... Clarkston, Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 , ... ... in recognition of National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is the ... stroke in women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... US Sports Camps is proud ... . This event brings together top non-profit leaders, ultimate organizations, and coaches from around ... Valerio Iani, Bay Area Disc Program Director of Youth and Education, describes this year ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Steven Tonkinson, 36, of Coconut ... every year since it started in 2003. This year, he ran all 26.2 miles ... runners and NBA team the Miami Heat. , This Sunday, while many are watching ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Successful recruitment and ... clinical and scientific initiatives have all marked the last 12 months at Roswell ... CEO of the nation’s oldest cancer center, Candace S. Johnson, PhD, outlined the ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... York (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Looking ... answer may be at the tips of your toes. Foot massage, whether administered by ... as pure comfort and relaxation. The American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... in Alabama seeking prostate care with ... have to travel out of state. Vituro Health ... of Alabama to provide a total prostate management program ... Alabama is known throughout the ... using many different modalities. They are the largest and one ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016 ... the addition of the "Global Musculoskeletal ... company profile to their offering. ... the addition of the "Global Musculoskeletal ... company profile to their offering. ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016  Venice,s newest ... is the first of its kind in the ... tattoos through advanced laser treatment. The physician-owned and ... Suncoast by storm with its revitalizing ... and advanced multi-wavelength Astanza Trinity technology. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: