Specialist referral rules haven’t changed much since the 70s, but Australia’s health needs sure have

Christie M. Gardiner and Samantha Prime

Associate Lecturer of Law, University of Newcastle; PhD Candidate, Health Policy, Systems & Services, Queensland University of Technology.

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You have a chronic health condition and visit your specialist for an annual check-up, but the referral’s expired. You’re told to get a new referral from the GP to claim the Medicare rebate. You take the next afternoon off to see your GP, who gives you another 12 month referral and tells you they can’t ...

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