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Constitutional framework[ edit ] Section 51 xxiiiA of the Commonwealth Constitution was inserted by a referendum ofwhich gave the federal Parliament power, subject to the Constitution, to make laws with respect to: This empowers the Commonwealth to operate the Medicare scheme, but not the entire Australian health system.
The operation of public hospitals remains within the authority of state and territory governments. In practice, state governments, as well as private doctors, act as pseudo-contractors. This is done by a provider number system controlled by the Commonwealth. Privately run hospitals are also part of the Medicare scheme.
Medicare benefits are payable for medical treatment provided to admitted patients of private hospitals as well as public hospitals. Coverage[ edit ] There was an increase in the number of Australians covered by health insurance plans following the end of the Second World War.
However, a large proportion of the Australian population continued to lack coverage for health risks in the early s. Medibank[ edit ] The Whitlam Labor governmentelected insought to put an end to this two-tier system by extending healthcare coverage to the entire population.
According to the second reading speech of the Health Insurance Bill delivered by Hayden who had become Minister for Social Security on 29 Novemberthe purpose of the new universal health insurance system, called Medibank, was to provide the 'most equitable and efficient means of providing health insurance coverage for all Australians'.
The Health Insurance Bill and the accompanying bills were rejected by the Senate on three occasions 12 December2 April and 18 July The Medibank legislation was one of the bills which resulted in a double dissolution of Parliament on 11 Apriland was passed at a subsequent joint sitting of Parliament on 7 August The original Medibank scheme was to be financed by a 1.
Medibank started on schedule on 1 July The Committee findings were not made public but the new program was announced in a Ministerial Statement to Parliament on 20 May Other changes included reducing rebates to doctors and hospitals.
On 1 Octoberthe Fraser government also passed the Medibank Private bill. This legislation allowed the Health Insurance Commission to enter the private health insurance business.
This legislation led to the original Medibank closing in Medicare[ edit ] On 1 Februarythe original Medibank model was reinstated by the Hawke Labor governmentbut renamed Medicare to distinguish it from Medibank Private which continued to exist.
The major changes introduced by the Fraser government were largely reversed, although the financing arrangements were changed. Funding of scheme[ edit ] Total health spending per capita, in U. The proposed levy increase was scrapped on 25 April Low income exemptions[ edit ] Low income earners are exempt from the Medicare levy, with different exemption thresholds applying to singles, families, seniors and pensioners, with a phasing-in range.
Medicare levy surcharge[ edit ] To encourage people on higher incomes to take out and maintain health insurance, as part of an effort to reduce demand pressure on the public Medicare system by encouraging people to use the private hospital system, the Howard Coalition government in July introduced the Medicare levy surcharge MLS.
Initially, MLS applied to individuals and families who did not have sufficient levels of private hospital coverage and whose taxable income was above a prescribed threshold.
The Rudd Governmentwith effect from 1 Julychanged the basis of the surcharge threshold to "income for MLS purposes".
The "income for MLS purposes" includes the individual's or family group's taxable income, fringe benefitsand superannuation contributions less any net investment losses.
Inthe surcharge rate was increased to 1. Medicare funding of healthcare[ edit ] The funding of healthcare in Australia by Medicare is referred to as a rebate or benefit.
The difference between the cost of healthcare and the rebate is called an out-of-pocket cost. The out-of-pocket costs for Australians are continuing to increase, as a result of increases in healthcare costs above Medicare schedule increases, and also because a Medicare benefits freeze has been imposed over the last few years.
Medical practitioners choosing to cease or cut back on bulk-billing also increases out-of-pocket costs to patients. Many medical practitioners bulk bill pensioner patients, and some bulk bill all of their patients. In the three months to July When the safety nets cut in, the patient is reimbursed for the balance of the schedule fee called "the gap".
Many medical practitioners charge more than the schedule fee, and the amount in excess of the schedule fee must be borne by the patient and is not counted towards the safety net threshold.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the first inhabitants of Australia.
Old definitions based on skin colour or percentages of 'Aboriginal blood' have been replaced by modern definitions which stress ancestry and identification as the key to Aboriginal identity.
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