Practices hit for $120m under Turnbull's 'backroom' pathology deal

General practices will lose $120 million a year under Malcolm Turnbull’s (pictured) ‘backroom deal’ to cap rents for co-located pathology collection centres, analysts warn.

The Prime Minister’s agreement with the pathology industry, hammered out last month, is aimed at ensuring pathology giants Primary Health Care and Sonic Health Care bulk-bill patients for pathology tests when the government pulls the plug on the bulk-billing incentives.

But general practice seems to be the sacrifice.

The government has told pathology providers it will save them millions by