Health minister plans to abandon next round of after-hours cuts

Greg Hunt likely to put off another reduction in after-hours rebates for at least a year

The after-hours deputising industry could be granted a multimillion-dollar reprieve, with the federal health minister signalling he will hold off on introducing the next round of rebate cuts for at least another year.

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In March, the Minister for Health Greg Hunt took an axe to after-hours Medicare rebates for non-VR GPs in the cities, slashing the fee for urgent attendances from $130 to $100.

The new fee, which was introduced after a bruising political fight with the industry’s biggest players, coincided with restrictions on advertising and scope