Second Interim Report

Second Interim Report

24 June 2015

© Commonwealth of Australia 2015
ISBN 978-1-76010-189-3

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Membership of the Committee (PDF 23KB)
Terms of Reference (PDF 11KB)
Acronyms and abbreviations (PDF 11KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 49KB)

Budget 2015-16: ongoing impact of the indexation freeze
Unprecedented response from GPs
Cost-effective healthcare
Healthcare sector responses
Fiscally driven
Other areas of concern
Committee's second interim report

Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 32KB)
Chapter 2 - Importance of General Practice and Primary Healthcare (PDF 356KB)

Effectiveness of general practice in healthcare
Risks to general practice and primary healthcare
Committee observations

Chapter 3 - Government healthcare policy and sector responses (PDF 150KB)

May 2014: the 2014-15 Budget
December 2014: short consultation times, $5 co-payment and indexation freeze
January 2015: short consultation times dropped
March 2015: $5 co-payment dropped, non-indexation retained
Health Minister's consultations continue
Committee observations

Chapter 4 - 2015-16 Budget (PDF 159KB)

Medicare Benefits Schedule review
Flexible Funds
After-hours Care
Removal of the Medicare Healthy Kids Check
Committee observations

Chapter 5 - Related issues (PDF 64KB)

General Practice training
Workforce matching
Patient transport
Committee observations

Appendix 1 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 72KB)
Appendix 2 - Submissions received by the committee (PDF 24KB)
Appendix 3 - Additional information and answers to questions on notice (PDF 26KB)

Additional Documents
Answers to Questions on Notice

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3555