Tracking GP co-payments could cost 'hundreds of millions'

A system that reliably tracks in real time the number of co-payments a patient has made would cost “hundreds of millions” and take years to implement, an IT expert has warned.

Knowing how many co-payments patients have made is a key component of the Federal Government's planned overhaul of general practice funding.

The plan involves cutting all rebates for GP attendance items by $5, along with rebates for pathology and diagnostic imaging.

But to protect children and concession card holders from paying too much, the government said it