GP copayments a double hit for diabetes patients

Diabetes Australia says Tony Abbott’s plans to impose copayments on GP visits, pathology tests and medications will be a double blow for the 1.7 million Australians with diabetes.

Patients face a dramatic increase in their healthcare costs as a result of the $7 co-payment for GPs, pathology and X-ray tests and the $5 co-payment for medicines, according to Diabetes Australia CEO Prof Greg Johnson.

“More than 700,000 Australians aged 60 and over