Fears for older patients once rebate freeze bites

One in 20 older Australians is already struggling to pay their medical bills and with GP 'gap' fees looming to offset the MBS rebate freeze worse is due to come, researchers warn.

A nationwide survey has revealed that 4% of Australians aged 50 years or over are already unable to afford out-of-pocket healthcare costs, with the poor and those with chronic diseases and multimorbidities hardest hit.

The results come from the Australian National University survey, which was conducted in

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