Is the $6 fee push good medicine for GPs?

There has been a lot of noise about the mooted $6 co-payment plan for GP services in the past couple of weeks.

Outlined in a submission to a Federal Government razor gang, the intent of the policy proposal is to give patients a "price signal" — a sharp dig in the hip pocket that ensures they think twice about making unnecessary demands on the Medicare dollar. Waste in the form of trivial and pointless consultations would be avoided. Cash would be saved. Care would improve. Or so the story goes.

Once the proposal hit the headlines, everyone waded in — from the politicians and policy wonks, to health