13 July 2009

Reduction in medicare rebate on cataract surgery may affect Aussie veterans

The Australian government intends to reduce the Medicare rebate on cataract surgery this year. There is also a possibility that this reduction will decrease the levels of reimbursements provided by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to service providers that offer cataract surgery for veterans.

The nation's largest veterans organisation, the Returned and Services League of Australia, or RSL, has written to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans' Affairs expressing concern over the possible impact, and seeking clarification. The RSL also argues that veterans should not be disadvantaged in terms of their access to ophthalmology services resulting from the reduction of the Medicare rebate.

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