Federal Budget health overview

The unveiled 2014-2015 Federal Budget has revealed a number of significant changes to the health sector.

Some of the key announcements from the budget include:

GP co-payment of $7

From 1 July 2015, patients will be required to make a $7 co-payment when seeing their doctor. GPs will be paid a low gap incentive to encourage them to charge concession holders and children under 16 no more than the $7 contribution for the first 10 visits. After this, concession holders will not have to pay – GPs will be paid an incentive if they provide the service to the patient for