Plans to force veterans to return to their doctors after 12 sessions have been postponed, amid concerns the changes may disadvantage returned service personnel with complex needs.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ treatment cycle initiative would restrict GP referrals to allied health services to up to 12 sessions or one year, whichever comes sooner, even for those with chronic health conditions.
Before, a doctor could make an ongoing referral for those with chronic problems.
The Australian Medical Association said moving to a treatment cycle would prevent “fragmentation of care and unnecessary duplication of services”.
But the Australian Physiotherapy Association said the changes would make GPs the “gatekeepers” of veterans health care, and lead to gaps in service and extra out-of-pocket expenses.
Now Veterans Affairs Minister Darren Chester says the changes will be postponed from July 1 to October 1 to provide more time for the department to meet with stakeholders.
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