Don’t expect ‘big bang’ Medicare reform

THE failed co-payment plan that cost a health minister his portfolio has scotched any chance of a "big bang" Medicare reform in tonight’s budget, experts agree.

But the new health minister should be praised for uncoupling the reform process from the budget cycle and for standing up to the Pharmacy Guild.

That’s according to Terry Barnes, the former Howard government adviser whose paper on co-payments – which did not propose the deeply unpopular $5

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