Co-payment conflict in Glasson’s by-election bid

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton has opposed the fee, which has been put to the Abbott government’s Commission of Audit as a way to deter people from making unnecessary GP visits and save $750 million in Medicare spending over four years.

But Dr Glasson, who is contesting former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s Brisbane seat of Griffith, has been reported saying he conditionally supports introducing the fee to prevent bulk-billing overuse.

Labor seized on Dr Glasson’s support, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and shadow health minister Catherine King joining the party's Griffith candidate Terri Butler to stage what they called a “local campaign to save Medicare”, which included an online petition.

"This is the first chance since the election for any Australians anywhere to say to Tony Abbott: 'Stop breaking promises, stop the secrecy... Don't mess with our health system'," Mr Shorten said.

Ms King warned that if