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‘Patients the losers’ despite $17m lift for ‘white elephant’ medical costs website

Australian Medical Association president Omar Khorshid said he did not expect many doctors would publish their fees on the website, which was “a complete failure” and “should be abandoned”.

“Until the website can actually give an individual patient confidence about what gap they might be facing compared with other practitioners, then it’s not going to be useful at all,” Dr Khorshid said.

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy director Henry Cutler said the fact participation was voluntary meant it would be “impossible for patients to determine value for money” by searching the website.

The latest official data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows Australians spent $30 billion on out-of-pocket medical costs in 2017-18.

Grattan Institute health economist Stephen Duckett said the budget provided “no real enhancement to ensure usable comparative information on all doctors will be available to the public”.

Health Minister Greg Hunt announced plans

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Bed Bath & Beyond gets a lift from people sprucing up their homes in the pandemic

Bed Bath & Beyond is getting a boost from shoppers decorating their homes instead of traveling, going out for dinner or going to the movies in the pandemic.

Bed Bath & Beyond is getting a boost from shoppers decorating their homes instead of traveling, going out for dinner or going to the movies in the pandemic.

The retailer said Thursday that sales at stores open for at least one year grew 6% during the three months ending August 29, compared with the same stretch last year. It was the first quarter that the number grew at Bed Bath & Beyond in four years.

“During this unprecedented time when our homes have become the center of our lives, we are well placed as customers spend more in their home and lifestyle,” CEO Mark Tritton said on a call with analysts Thursday.

Bed Bath & Beyond’s stock rallied around 25% during early

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