The National Rural Health Alliance and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia are seeking input to the national survey on the impact of out of pocket costs for people living in rural areas – the Out of Pocket Pain survey
Country people are adversely impacted by the additional non-claimable surcharges where there is no re-course either through Medicare or through private health insurance funds for reimbursement. These additional fees apply in general practice, specialists consulting in the community and private hospital settings.
The Alliance is providing input through the expert advisory group on out of pocket costs to the Chief Medical Officer on the rural impact of this issue. The survey can be accessed here