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Health Legislation Amendment (Improved Medicare Compliance and Other Measures) Bill 2018

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House of Representatives
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Amends the: Health Insurance Act 1973 to: introduce a shared debt recovery scheme that provides that, where contractual or other arrangements exist between a practitioner and an employer or corporate entity, both may be held responsible for the repayment of a compliance debt; and clarify that the jurisdiction of the Professional Services Review extends to officers of organisations that engage Medicare practitioners as contractors; Health Insurance Act 1973 and Dental Benefits Act 2008 in relation to record-keeping requirements, administrative penalties and debt-recovery arrangements; and National Health Act 1953 to: enable the recovery of certain statutory debts by giving a garnishee notice; and introduce requirements for pharmacists to provide documents to substantiate claims.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23 May 2018
Second reading moved 23 May 2018
Second reading debate 19 Jun 2018
Second reading agreed to 19 Jun 2018
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
19 Jun 2018
Third reading agreed to 19 Jun 2018
Introduced and read a first time 21 Jun 2018
Second reading moved 21 Jun 2018
Second reading debate 21 Jun 2018
Second reading agreed to 28 Jun 2018
Third reading agreed to 28 Jun 2018
Finally passed both Houses 28 Jun 2018
  • Act no: 64
  • Year: 2018
29 Jun 2018

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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