$7 co-payment widens the gap to accessible healthcare

$7 co-payment widens the gap to accessible healthcare

The Federal Government is set to widen the gap to accessible healthcare with Australias most vulnerable to suffer following confirmation patients will be slapped with a GP tax.

The Government confirmed in its Budget announcement that the much speculated and controversial general practice co-payment model will be implemented.

The measure will see Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) rebates reduced by $5 and general practice patients charged a co-payment of $7 from 1 July 2015.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) says the Government has failed to meet its promised commitment to those in the community with the greatest health needs.

RACGP President, Dr Liz Marles said the Government has ignored evidence presented by the general practice profession that Medicare billings have remained constant for the past 20 years, with growth in expenditure occurring within the hospital sector.


For the full version of this story, please visit the RACGP website here.
$7 co-payment widens the gap to accessible healthcare