We've all been there - it's late at night and your child is vomiting like they're auditioning for a remake of The Exorcist or something. But you're home alone and you have another little one asleep...what do you do?
If you're lucky, you can call a doctor to come out to your house to assess your sick little person and either give the medicine they need or reassure you if they don't. I've used a home doctor on a number of occasions when getting out to the hospital emergency department would have been my only other option - and what a relief!
Problem is - the Turnbull Government is taking a scalpel to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS), that currently allows patients to be bulk-billed when they need a house call doctor. Without Medicare funding, millions of families throughout Australia will be left at risk, without access to urgent after-hours care. Families who want to see Medicare left untouched are being urged to support house call doctors.
“We are calling on parents to join our campaign to protect home visits, and keep the Government’s hands off Medicare,” says the Deputy Clinical Director at House Call Doctor, Dr Ryan Harvey. “Without input from Australian families, the Government will scrap this essential Medicare service and leave you without after-hours care when your family needs it most.”
If your family has used a house doctor service, we're calling on you to sign our petition. Without public support, house call doctors would be unable to provide bulk-billed consultations, which could leave families high and dry in urgent medical situations after-hours. For more information, you can also visit the Protect Home Visits campaign.