Did you know that healthcare budget for primary healthcare accounted for 37.1% of the health budget in 2008 and only rose to 38.1% of the healthcare budget by 2013 ( AIHWS) . During that time the cost of wages, equipment, premises, insurance and superannuation and have risen and will continue to rise. The Federal government announced intention to freeze Medicare rebates for 4 years cannot be absorbed by practices and practices will have to increase fees or significantly change the nature of practice to be able to continue.
Flu injections incorporating the new formulation for the Australian winter of 2015 are now available.
Flu injections are recommended for over 65 yo , pregnant women , patients with heart disease , respiratory disease , diabetes mellitus , chronic renal , neurological or haematological disease , patients with malignancy , long term steroid use or impaired immunity . Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are recommended to have flu immunization .