Govt backflip on Medicare rebate cut

The rebate for GP consultations less than 10 minutes was due to be cut by around $20 from 19 January, but the regulation was set to be struck down by the Senate when parliament resumed next month.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said she was deeply concerned by “misinformation” and “confusion” about the changes. 

“As a result, I’m announcing today that the changes to Level A and B Medicare consultation items will not commence on Monday as planned,” she told reporters in Melbourne.