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

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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