Co-payment costings uproar in NSW

Under a co-payment scenario modelled by NSW Health bureaucrats before the May federal budget, an extra 500,000 patients would flood into NSW hospital emergency departments at an additional cost of $80 million a year. 

The modelling, contained in a government briefing paper, warned of a blowout in ED waiting times as more patients deferred GP visits, leading to the potential loss of millions in Commonwealth National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) funding.

Ms Skinner slammed NSW Labor for releasing the document, saying the Opposition was only waging a reckless scare campaign

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