Govt to slash GP rebates for non-concessional patients

GP rebates for non-concessional patients will be cut by $5 under the Federal Government's alternative to its doomed co-pay plan.

And in a hammer blow GPs will only be able to claim level B rebates for consultations lasting over ten minutes rather than the current six minutes.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister Tony Abbott claimed that the government had "listened to the community".

But the package of measures will apparently cut some $3 billion in GP funding over the forward estimates.

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