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Paradox in Australia – ‘crediting’ the sport and exercise medicine specialty but forcing patients to pay more to see the docs!

25 Nov, 10 | by Karim Khan

Recent specialist status has led Australian sports and exercise physicians receiving more referrals from GPs; MRI referral is also in the specialist’s scope of practice. However, at the same time as these physicians were recognized for having special expertise in exercise prescription — addressing the worlds biggest public health problem —  physical inactivity, patient rebates for the service was cut!

An umbrella body for Australian sport has expressed its concern over this paradox; local media have followed the story but the Minister for Health has not commented when this blog was posted.

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