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Medical costs comparison website ‘has little credibility among doctors and consumers’ in Australia | Australia news


Consumer groups have criticised the federal government’s $17m of spending in the October budget on a website launched in December that allows patients to compare doctors’ fees and out-of-pocket costs.

The chief executive of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells, said because it was voluntary for doctors to disclose their fees on the Medical Costs Finder website, and because medical peak bodies had not been proactive in encouraging doctors to sign up, it had proven to be of little use to patients since it was launched.

Wells said the website had “little credibility among doctors and consumers right now because it is voluntary and has failed to attract sufficient numbers of doctors to make it a success”.

“It must move to…



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