Australia

Jan 2, 2014

GP fee: $5 charge would hurt the most vulnerable

A mooted Coalition plan to charge $5-$6 for a visit to the GP has alarmed health professionals, who warn it would deter poorer people. Marie McInerney examines the debate.

After months of quiet on the health front in the wake of the federal election, health policy debate lit up like a Christmas tree over the festive season in response to the announcement by Health Minister Peter Dutton of the review of Medicare Locals and his surprise flagging of the possibility of co-payments for bulk-billed GP visits.

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