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Medicare review sends out-of-pocket costs soaring

AMA President Tony Bartone says "rushed" changes to Medicare rebates have put informed financial consent at risk.

The federal government's review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule has come under fire after new item numbers for spinal surgery were "rushed out", leaving patients exposed to out-of-pocket costs up to 45 per cent higher than under the previous system.

New changes to My Health Record privacy regime

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says the government's My Health Record privacy bill will protect Australians

The long-running debate over the My Health Record privacy legislation has finally been resolved, with a government bill that aims to better safeguard sensitive patient data passing unanimously in the Senate.