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5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions



5.1 Department of Health Answers to Written Questions

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Tabled paper 357


Tabled Papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Robyn Lambley


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11 UJ H II II LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY Fee Free0 to 2 hours $4.002 to 3 hours $6.003 to 4 hours $8.004 to 5 hours $10.005 to 6 hours $12.007+ hours Additional Medicare $3.5 million Work has progressed through 2012/13 to expand the capacity of Royal Darwin hospital outpatient clinics to collect Medicare income for primary referred type patients. It is expected that this will further be expanded to Pathology testing in 2013/14. Pharmacy PBS $1.5 million The new pharmacy stock management system was finalised in 2012/13 which now has the capacity for RDH to claim PBS income. It is expected to go live in December 2013. GP Pathology $2 million Royal Darwin Hospital Pathology service will be collecting and testing GP pathology tests to be introduced in 2013/14. CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL NETWORK Central Australian Hospital Network has undertaken a Revenue review which has identified opportunities to return a $4.2 million in own-source revenue during the next financial year and sustainable into the outer years. Recruitment of a Revenue Enhance Project Coordinator is in progress at a cost of $90 000 which will be underwritten by new revenue. Medicare income is anticipated to increase by $1.5 million Work is underway to expand the capacity of CAHN outpatient clinics to collect Medicare income for primary referred type patients. Tennant Creek Hospital is enhancing its capacity through employment of Senior Rural Generalists who are eligible to bulk bill patients presenting to the hospital pursuant to Medicare exemptions for rural hospitals and improving the administrative procedures and supports to enable processing of fees and charges. Alice Springs Hospital Pathology Department is also building its capacity to claim Medicare Benefits for patient diagnostics arising from eligible outpatient services. Inpatient - anticipated to increase by $0.75 million Revision of admission interview protocols to ensure that eligible patients have appropriate charges raised for claims against external compensable authorities. Develop information package and educate eligible patients on the advantage of using private health insurance; particularly for elective procedural work.

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