ED co-payment revolt impending

Co-payment architect Terry Barnes told MO that ED co-payments matching the $7 GP fee were necessary to stop patients trying to dodge the fee. 

But Treasurer Joe Hockey says it is up to the states whether they introduce the co-payment to EDs. 

"That's a matter for them," Mr Hockey told ABC radio on Wednesday.

"I don't know – I don't run the states. It is up to them how they structure it."

The AMA has begun the process of lobbying state health ministers to resist introducing the fees to public hospitals.

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner today ruled out introducing co-payments for public hospital emergency departments in the state. 

WA Health Minister Kim Hames told ABC News the thought of introducing them to public hospitals made him "extremely uncomfortable".

"We don't want to try to force people away who urgently need emergency care," Dr Hames said. 

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