Budget cuts to mental health rebates slammed

DOCTORS’ groups have accused the Government of devaluing the role of GPs in mental health care following its move to dramatically cut rebates for mental health plans in last night’s Budget.

The Gillard Government’s $2.2 billion mental health care package has been widely welcomed by consumer and community groups – however, it comes with a sting in the tail for GPs. In a major overhaul of the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, GPs’ rebates for drawing up mental health plans will be scaled back significantly, saving the Government an estimated $405.9 million over the next four