Lisa Cox and Dan Harrison
The federal government has dumped its plan to charge patients a $7 fee to see a doctor, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.
However, doctors will be invited to charge a $5 “discretionary” fee for consultations with non-concessional patients to recover income lost through a $5 cut to the Medicare rebate.
In a press conference in Canberra on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Abbott conceded the unpopular proposal – first detailed in the May budget – did not have the support to pass the Senate.
The government will stick, however, with its plan to reduce the Medicare rebate GPs receive for common consultations by $5 for adults who are non-concession card holders from July 1 next year. Under the…
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