GPs cheaper than car insurance, Senate told

GP services cost taxpayers only $250 per person a year — cheaper than car insurance — a high-profile Tasmanian GP has told a Senate inquiry.

But the ongoing Medicare rebate freeze will make practices unviable and push patients towards more expensive hospital services, warned Dr Bastian Seidel (pictured), chair of the RACGP's Tasmanian faculty.

Dr Seidel made his comments on Monday at a hearing of the Inquiry into the Health Insurance Amendment (Safety Net) Bill 2015 by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee.

He told senators that general