Region's Medicare Locals are safe, chief executive says

MEDIA reports on the likelihood that Medicare Locals will face the axe in the May budget are pure speculation, Central Queensland Medicare Local chief executive Jean McRuvie says 

Ms McRuvie said all Medicare Locals had received confirmation of contracts for the next year, where services were mostly based around Federal Government funding.

She said the results of a review of Medicare Locals were mainly positive, and the government had given no indication either way on the program's future.

The ABC reported on Tuesday that "a number of Medicare Local chief executives have been told the Federal Government plans to shut down the system", and that chief executives of the community-based health organisations "held a series of conference calls", which did not happen, according to the local office and Ms McRuvie.

"I wouldn't be surprised if Peter Dutton changes the name - so the name Medicare Locals would be going - but primary healthcare will continue," she said.

"There is plenty of evidence that they work, and they are vital to regional areas."



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