Govt fends off Medicare privatisation accusations, again

THE FEDERAL government is rejecting Labor accusations that frontline Medicare services are being cut back as a precursor to outright privatisation.

A weekend media report, citing leaked documents and unnamed sources, said the government is shutting Medicare shopfronts and outsourcing the processing of refunds to new centres. According to the News Corp report, all face-to-face Medicare services will be shut by December.

Labor's shadow health minister Catherine King says the move will delay refund claims (and, therefore, doctor visits) and that the government is closing