Mar 20, 2014

Support growing for GP co-payments? Not so fast

Do Australians really support a measure to pay a nominal fee for bulk-billing medical care? The polls say otherwise.

The opinion poll released on Monday in the Fairfax media is being interpreted by some commentators as supporting the proposal for a GP bulk billing co-payment, reportedly under consideration by the Abbott government. About half of the people polled said they supported charging a means-tested co-payment for bulk-billed GP services. The same proportion of people also supported the government taking action to “curb the cost of Medicare”.

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