Fiona Nash on co-payment modelling

THE release last month of a BEACH study estimating the cost of the government’s embattled $7 co-payment proposal, and planned increases to the PBS threshold, represented a rare injection of modelling into a highly divisive policy debate.

Among the findings: one in four bulk-billed GP encounters would attract total co-payment costs of at least $14; a pensioner couple with concession cards would have to pay an additional $199 per year; an average patient with type 2 diabetes would pay an

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