GPs beware: political spin ahead

Doctor's bag

Political spin ahead

This week the Australian Medical Association joined the campaign against the Medicare cuts. The Consumer Health Forum, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and others have expressed grave concerns about the extended Medicare rebate freeze.

Doctors, nurses and patient organisationsare concerned that the sickest and most vulnerable patients will not be able to afford care, because the cuts to Medicare will push doctors to stop bulk billing. Many GP practices are preparing to introduce more fees.

So far we have seen three interesting responses from the government – none of them are very reassuring:

  1. The government proudly presented the record high bulkbilling rates, completely ignoring the concerns of patients and health groups.
  2. Thegovernment madea dealwith Pathology Australia that a returned Turnbull Coalition Government will take immediate action to cut the rent multinational pathology corporationsare paying for the use of facilitieswithin GP practices. This…

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