GPs passing on cost of rebate freeze

SOME GPs say they are being forced to pass on costs, confirming doctors’ warnings that patients would bear the brunt of the federal government’s freeze on Medicare rebates.

Patient Medicare rebates were not indexed yesterday, the start of the new financial year, following a previous freeze on patient rebates for GP consultations in 2013.

The RACGP and AMA have warned the freeze is a co-payment by stealth which will leave GPs with no option but to pass on the additional cost to patients.

Doctors say that with virtually no increase in rebates since