AMA co-payment plan finally revealed
It has recommended a minimum price on general practice visits of $6.15 but with a significant number of exemptions.
MBS rebates would also be safe under the plan, which would not cut $5 from rebates as the government proposed in the budget.
The AMA co-payment would be annually indexed, and fixed at the level of the existing bulk-billing incentive for GP services in metropolitan areas.
"The AMA has long supported well-designed and well-intentioned co-payments, and that is what we are releasing today," AMA president Associate Professor Brian Olwer said in a statement.
The alternative co-payment would not be charged to concession card holders and children under 16 years "in most circumstances" – eliminating the 10 visit threshold proposed by government, which would have seen children and the disadvantaged charged a maximum of $70 a year for services.
But seniors as a group would not be exempt.