A GP's guide to the key Budget measures

 

EXPLAINER

Here, in five points, are the key bits of the Federal Budget for doctors.


1. The Medicare Freeze will thaw at a glacial pace

As foreshadowed in pre-budget leaks, the Medicare freeze will begin to thaw.

But the pace will be slow. Very slow.

Indexation for Medicare items will be introduced in four stages, beginning with bulk-billing incentives from 1 July.

A year later — in July 2018 — indexation will start