COAG report highlights co-payment dangers: AMA

During 2012–13 just 5.8% of people delayed or did not see a GP due to cost and 8.5% did not fill a prescription for the same reason. 

But those figures balloon to one in eight and one in three for Indigenous Australians aged 15 years or older, and the Indigenous child death rate remains twice as high as the non-Indigenous rate. 

One in four Australians reported waiting more than 24 hours to see a GP for an urgent appointment, while two in three reported access in under four hours. 

AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler said the report showed budget measures, including the $7 co-payment, would have a dramatic impact on health outcomes.

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