Foreign doctors will be forced to leave the country amid concerns about falling rules and a massive increase in charges to the taxpayer
- The number of doctors trained abroad would fall by more than 1,000 in four years
- Changes occur after an increase in charges billed to doctors trained abroad
- They will save the government $ 400,000 a year for each doctor who has not been granted a visa
- A new analysis has also highlighted an oversupply of foreign doctors in Australia
Charlie Coe for Daily Mail Australia
The number of foreign doctors working in Australia will be reduced amid massive increases in Medicare charges and a drop in professional standards.
The number of doctors imported will be reduced by more than 1,000, since doctors trained abroad will have to go through a visa review.
The Department of Internal Affairs was asked to make changes to the visas for doctors trained abroad to enforce the new changes.
The number of doctors trained abroad working in Australia will be reduced to 1,000 in January in 1000 in four years (stock image)
The decision of the authorities to make the reduction comes after an increase in charges billed to doctors trained abroad.
The average government billing for a doctor trained abroad has tripled in three years, and in 2010 it reached $ 486,398.
Concerns were also raised in an analysis by the Department of Health about the supply of doctors in Australia that does not correspond to the real needs of patients.
According to The Australian, the government would reduce costs by more than $ 400,000 per year for each doctor by reducing the number of visas granted to general practitioners working in metropolitan areas by 200 per year as of next January for four years.
Almost three quarters of all doctors abroad work in primary health care in cities, according to an information note issued by the Department of Health.
The decision comes after tripling Medicare billing to doctors trained abroad (stock image)
The new government plans, established in the budget, will seek to replace foreign doctors in urban areas with Australian medical graduates in regional areas.
But labor health spokeswoman Catherine King has asked the Morrison government to justify the cuts, which will result in $ 415 million in cost cuts.
She said: "That's 11 million services that Australians will not get."
New data revealed that Medicare per capita services increased to 16.8 percent in 2017.
The new government plans, described in the budget, will allow a saving of $ 415 million (stock image)