Every year, home visits are relied on by

over 1 million Australian Families.

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Home visits are an essential

Medicare service.

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Home visits increase access to urgent medical care, especially in rural and regional areas.

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Home visits save people from going to the hospital emergency department

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Home visits care for some of society’s most vulnerable

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Natalie is a GP and home doctor.

Meet Natalie.

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    Jul 10, 2017

    Graham had a stroke 7 years ago. During his first 48 hours stay in Alfred hospital he managed to fall out of bed, break his left hip.

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  • Teen’s story proof after-hours doctor visits save lives

    Mar 30, 2017

    If the federal government cut its home doctor service, patients like Josh Evans would simply need to pop down to their local hospital emergency department. The only catch is that Josh is a quadriplegic. And for the 19-year-old that means the home doctor service could be a matter of life or death.

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Why the campaign?

Since John Howard’s Round the Clock Initiative was introduced more than a decade ago, many more Australian families have been relying on home visits to keep their loved ones safe.

Today, more than one million families benefit from this great Medicare initiative every year. Without home visits, many families would have to go to emergency departments for health problems that are not emergencies but cannot wait until business hours to be treated.

A recent report by Deloittes Access Economics found after-hours home visits save taxpayers $724 million dollars over the four years of the budget forward estimates by reducing pressure on hospital emergency departments.

Although home visits save taxpayers money and help families when they need it most, home visits are at risk.

There are proposed plans to cut the Medicare rebate for home visits; to reduce the number of home visiting doctors and to restrict the promotion of home visit services.

To protect home visits, the national association representing home doctors – the National Association of Medical Deputising Services – has started a campaign. By joining the campaign you can show your support for home visits and can share your story about why home visits are important to you. By working together, we can protect this great Medicare service.

Although home visits save taxpayers money and help families when they need it most, home visits are at risk. There are proposed plans to cut the Medicare rebate for home visits; to reduce the number of home visiting doctors and to restrict the promotion of home visit services.

To protect home visits, the national association representing home doctors – the National Association of Medical Deputising Services – has started a campaign.

By joining the campaign you can show your support for home visits and can share your story about why home visits are important to you. By working together, we can protect this great Medicare service.

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