Co-payment would hurt rural health

While the topic receded briefly, it is now back on the political agenda and has highlighted some important issues around the future direction of health policy, including the ongoing cost of healthcare services; how this expenditure can be put to best use; and issues of equity and access, particularly in rural areas.

The proposal is underpinned by an assumption that a $5 or $6 co-payment is low enough that it would not deter people from visiting a doctor if they absolutely needed to.