Medicare opens gateway to seniors

CHANGES to the Australian General Practice Network will give older residents better access and choice of services through Medicare Locals facilities.

The AGPN said the Caring for Older Australians Productivity Commission report showed health and aged care sectors had not co-ordinated well to streamline services which are pivotal to providing a better standard of care.

“The commission’s concepts around a gateway will provide the right platform for Medicare Locals to work with the aged care sector and to ultimately link the primary health care sector with aged care services,” AGPN chair Dr Emil Bjakic said.

Dr Bjakic said the report recommended the gateway agency be aligned with Medicare Local and local hospital network boundaries.

“These structural reforms will also bring about an aged care system that is geared more towards community care and helping older Australians stay at home longer with greater independence which is fundamental to the mental and emotional wellbeing of older Australians,” he said.


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