Dutton compares Medicare to Kingswood

Writing in the journal Health Voices, published by the Consumers Health Forum, Mr Dutton gave his strongest indication yet that private insurers may be allowed to become more involved in GP care, saying there was little argument against such reform.

In his editorial, Mr Dutton likened Medicare to a 1980s Holden Kingswood. He said both were successful in their day but neither were able to meet public needs or expectations in 2014.

“Yet that is what we are doing with Medicare – we’re still using the '80s model,” he wrote.

“It seems sensible to me that private health insurers may want to involve themselves in the primary care of their members, particularly those with chronic disease and considerable needs for medical care or treatment.

“If that involvement can avoid the necessity for tertiary care later