Patient co-payment costs revealed

Patients with type 2 diabetes are likely to see their out-of-pocket healthcare costs increase by $120 a year under the Federal Government’s proposed co-payment plan.

For the first time, researchers have modelled the impact on patients if $7 co-payments were charged for GP visits, pathology and radiology, and Medicare rebates for GP attendances were cut by $5.

An analysis of BEACH data [PDF] showed patients with type 2 diabetes currently average 13.5 visits to the GP per year. One-fifth of those