Labor promises to unfreeze all items 50 days after election

RACGP says it's a step in the right direction but more funding is required
Jocelyn Wright

The Medicare freeze will be scrapped in the first 50 days of the next federal government — providing the Labor Party wins.

The freeze was first used by the Kevin Rudd government as a temporary cost-saver back in 2013, but has subsequently been taken up by numerous governments, slashing millions in the real value of Medicare subsidies for GP care.