Budget cuts? Rebates for city GPs flagged

News Limited papers have reported that documents prepared for last year’s budget proposed slashing the GP rebate in inner-city locations from 100% to 85% of the MBS fee, saving $100 million over five years. 

For GPs in outer-metropolitan suburbs and in rural or regional areas, the rebate would remain at 100%. 

According to the report, the proposal was rejected by the Labor government but was still outlined in an official letter to the Abbott government’s budget razor gang and prepared by current health department secretary Jane Halton.

A spokesman for Health Minister Peter Dutton told MO the document was prepared for the previous government and had not been seen by the minister.

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King called on the government to release the National Commission of Audit report that is proposing significant savings in the health portfolio.

"This government is intent on reducing