Co-payment sparks social media protests

RACGP president Dr Liz Marles said many GPs may be unaware of the true nature of the envisaged $7 co-payment, seeing it as a billing issue rather than a cut to Medicare and one that would punish GPs who chose not to charge hardship cases.

“For a standard Level B consult, the cut would be between $11 and $14 – and GPs will be punished for showing compassion,” she said. 

The college’s #CoPayNoWay awareness campaign has already drawn more than 40,000 “views” via Facebook and more information specifically targeting GPs is on the way, she said.

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