GPs applaud rebate backflip by government

But grassroots doctors needed no reminding of the muted reaction by the RACGP and the AMA when the federal government initially announced its revised co-payment plan to strip $3.5 billion from general practice.

After the announcement by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and then health minister Peter Dutton on 9 December, members of the AMA, RACGP and ACRRM blasted the groups for their failure to attack the government over the most immediate of the cuts, which effectively meant a $20 rebate cut for a quarter of consultations.

This change was to begin on 19 January until it became evident last week that the Senate was

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