Australian Health Review
Volume 39 Number 1 2015
AH14100Evaluation of a nurse practitioner-led extended hours mental health liaison nurse service based in the emergency department
AH13196Medicare rebate for specialist medical practitioners from physiotherapy referrals: analysis of the potential impact on the Australian healthcare system
AH14044Why did Divisions of General Practice implement some Access to Allied Psychological Services mental health initiatives and not others?
This paper is based on a recent submission to the Senate inquiry into the impact of out-of-pocket costs in Australia. We argue that introducing additional copayments in primary practice will exacerbate the substantial economic burden currently faced by individuals and families as a result of out-of-pocket costs for health care and create financial barriers to access. To improve the efficiency and sustainability of health spending, other inadequacies in the health system should be addressed such that the last three decades of universalism can be preserved.