Freeze means $109,000 hit for full-time GPs

THE Medicare freeze will have cost the average full-time GP $109,000 in income by the time indexation returns in June 2020.

And even after that, the lost years of indexation will mean an ongoing annual hit of about $40,000 compared with an imaginary world where the freeze had never been brought in, a new analysis from the University of Sydney's doomed Family Medicine Research Centre estimates.

Researchers led by PhD candidate and senior research analyst Christopher Harrison calculate that by July 2019, bulk billing GPs will need to charge their general patients an $11