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Australian Senate Passes IVF Rebate Limit

Australian Associated Press,  Sept 16, 2009
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A CONTROVERSIAL plan to limit Medicare rebates for procedures such as IVF and cataract surgery has passed the Senate.

Non-government senators had previously strongly criticised the plan, but they relented today.

The draft laws were amended and passed, without opposition.

They now go back to the House of Representatives for final approval.

The draft laws will cap rebates for certain health procedures, which the government says will free up money for use elsewhere in the health budget.

The Government has accused some health professionals of overcharging to take advantage of the uncapped Medicare rebates.

Last week, Health Minister Nicola Roxon relented somewhat, capping the rebate for IVF at a higher level than first planned. Read more.


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