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18 NEWS FRIDAY MAY 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 LIFE-SAVING healthcare could be denied by health funds and patients could face higher medical bills, as insurers move to an Americanised system. In a controversial move, the consumer watchdog has greenlighted a new health services buying group that doctors claim will allow health insurers instead of trained medical professionals dictate what care a patient receives. Health fund Nib has won ACCC approval to join with US-managed care behemoth Cigna Corporation to set up a health services buying group called Honeysuckle Health. Honeysuckle Health and wants to negotiate contracts on behalf of 31 of the nations 35 health funds. If it is allowed it would mean 31 health funds would all pay the exact same rebate to every doctor, private hospital, physiotherapist, dentist, optometrist and other providers. The ACCC has given the goahead to the project for five years even though of the vast majority of the submissions it received on the issue opposed the new buying group. Health fund lobby group Members Health told the ACCC that in December, 2007 Cigna had refused to pay for a liver transplant of a California teenager, on the grounds the procedure was experimental. There was a liver ready and waiting to be transplanted and doctors estimated the teen had a 65 per cent chance of surviving at least six months. Cigna ultimately reversed its decision but the girl died awaiting the transplant. Members Health also told the ACCC the California Nurses Association determined that Cigna denied roughly 39.6 per cent of all insurance claims. The Council of Procedural Specialists spokesman Associate Professor David Scott told the ACCC Honeysuckle Health will give health funds monopoly power and there is no evidence any savings will be passed on to consumers. It was possible patients with complex conditions would not get covered at all and be pushed back to the public system, or, they would face huge gap fees because doctors could not deliver the care they needed within the budget provided by the health funds. Doctors warn on insurer SUE DUNLEVY Julio Da Costa with his beloved cockatoo Paulie. BELOVED Darwin icon Paulie the cockatoo, most commonly seen accompanying his owner Julio Da Costa on bike rides along the Nightcliff foreshore, has died. Mr Da Costa, who moved to Darwin from Timor in 1995, would often take Paulie to the Nightcliff foreshore for rides or to have a play on the swings. There has been an outpouring of love for the cheeky cockatoo on social media after he sadly died recently due to an untreatable infection. Thank you for helping to make Darwin that bit more of a special place. Always loved seeing you and Paulie go by, one commenter said. Always made me smile when they rode past and I was struggling with a long run, said another. Peace be with Paulie and Julio. What a special bond they had together. NATASHA EMECK DARWIN ICON FAREWELLED TREATY Commissioner Mick Dodson will face a motion in parliament to have him sacked if he refuses to resign amid allegations he verbally abused women. Opposition spokeswoman for women Marie-Clare Boothby said the CLP would move the motion as a matter of urgency when parliament next sits on June 24 if Professor Dodson fails to resign. Chief Minister Michael Gunner also indicated the government would present a motion to have Mr Dodson ( p i c t u r e d ) sacked, but said he expected he would stand down before that was necessary. (If he doesnt resign) then I think the governments made its position very clear Mr Gunner told Mix FM. I think this is one of those rare bipartisan moments I think the CLP have made their position clear too I believe. Professor Dodson surprised the government on Wednesday when he told them he was taking two-weeks sick leave after earlier indicating he would agree to resign. Mr Gunner wrote to Professor Dodson last Friday saying he had lost his confidence after it was revealed he had been accused of calling a woman a slut and threatening to knock her f***ing lights out at a football match in January. Dodson to face sack call MATT CUNNINGHAM We race every Sunday! Racing this Sunday 30 May and Wednesday 2 June Gates Open 6:30 PM | $5 (SENIORS & U18 FREE) BAR | RESTAURANT | TAB FACILITIES ON TRACK 15 HOOK ROAD, WINNELLIE NORTHERN .x. TERRITORY GOVERNMENT -HC' h ._ rrF.RRll.ORY BOUNDLESS POSSIBLE
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