General practice in crisis: join our campaign

Australian Doctor is launching a campaign to stop the co-payment plan and reverse the cuts to Medicare GP rebates.

Support our petition to ensure the future of general practice.

For a few hours after Joe Hockey's budget speech, it felt like an entire profession had been struck dumb by the scale of the assault.

General practice, already badly funded through numerous half-baked reforms over the years, was being told nearly $2 billion in Medicare funding would be taken from patients in need of GP care. 

Imposing fees for those who can afford to pay is an issue worthy of debate. But ministers are suggesting GPs should see nursing home patients,