Time to bin $5 rebate cut plan, says AMA

The AMA has welcomed Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton’s statement that GP co-payments and rebate cuts will not be imposed by regulation if they continue to be blocked in the Senate.

AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler (pictured) said the minister should face reality and bin the current GP co-payment plan altogether.

Mr Dutton said on Tuesday that he had received legal advice that the government's plans to bring in co-payments for GP visits by July 2015 could not be achieved without legislation that