There’s no doubt the legal system is the biggest barrier to people getting a job.
In the last 12 months, Queensland has seen a 40 per cent rise in job seekers passing through its system compared to a year ago.
But the ABC has discovered the Government’s new law on medical examinations will see doctors and medical examiners get a $500 per person fee for performing a medical examination.
The new fee will be put in place for those who pass through the Queensland Medical Examination Board.
In Victoria, a person who fails a medical exam will not be fined and those who fail it are exempt from paying a $200 fee.
The NSW Government has announced a $20 per person surcharge for people who have failed a medical check.
The ABC is calling on the State Government to consider an exemption from the new fee.
“The cost to people is significant.
It’s not just about money, it’s about having the most rigorous medical check possible.”
“It’s a bit of a double-edged sword.””
What we’re really trying to do is create a system where people can actually have confidence in the quality of care and the safety of the health services that they’re receiving.” “
It’s a bit of a double-edged sword.”
What we’re really trying to do is create a system where people can actually have confidence in the quality of care and the safety of the health services that they’re receiving.
“The fee is one of many measures introduced to make it easier for people to get a medical opinion.
Under the new system, people can get a legal opinion online, at a pharmacy or doctor’s office and also get an appointment by phone.
The $500 fee is paid by the doctor who performs the examination, but is not shared with the patient. “
We can make sure that when we do provide care to people, we’re doing it for a fair price,” he said.
The $500 fee is paid by the doctor who performs the examination, but is not shared with the patient.
“If we were to charge a fee for a medical test, that would be a big problem,” Dr OBrien said.
“Because the cost to a patient, that’s just too high.”
The Government has not responded to the ABC’s request for comment on this story.
The health department is reviewing the bill, but Dr Obert said there is a lack of consultation with doctors and a lack the data needed to support the policy.
The ABC has contacted the Queensland Health Department for comment.
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