Flawed figures: NCOA’s ‘deterrent’ fee fallacy

The National Commission of Audit (NCOA) chair Tony Shepherd made it clear the hefty fee was proposed as a deterrent, saying Australians were abusing Medicare by showing up at doctors’ offices 11 times a year on average.

“Something that’s free is not valued. This will give people pause to think, ‘Will I go or not?’,” he said, after the launch of the NCOA’s report recommending the co-payment, with a half-price rate for pensioners, and no Medicare