Calls for mental health rebate cuts to be reversed

FEDERAL Parliament has been urged to seek savings in programs such as the GP super clinics and Medicare Locals in order to save rebates for GP mental health plans which were slashed significantly in the recent Budget.

In a letter to all Federal MPs and senators, the AMA has today requested the rebate cuts be axed, arguing that the decision was made with no prior consultation with the profession and would undermine the Government’s own push to bolster mental health services.

The letter came as Mental Health Minister Mark Butler today repeated his claims that GPs were overpaid for drawing up mental health

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