Budget: Gov hacks $1 billion from Medicare

Another billion dollars will be effectively cut from Medicare after the Federal Government pledges to extend the rebate freeze until 2020.

The first budget from Treasurer Scott Morrison (pictured) described the move as a “broad-based measure”, which will have a “minimal” impact on individual services.

Record bulk-billing rates for GP attendances — now at 83% — are cited as a justification for the cuts.

MBS rebates for GP care were originally frozen until mid-2018, with Health Minister Sussan Ley saying last year they