How doctors fared in the election
Mr Dutton, who held his Queensland seat of Dickson with a 1.1% swing in his favour, recently told MO that his focus within the first 100 days of a Coalition government would be to “rebuild general practice and primary care”, which he believed had been long undermined by Labor.
The new health minister will be charged with overseeing the implementation of his party’s pre-election promises to double PIP payments for teaching in general practice and increase funding for infrastructure grants to expand GP teaching and training capacity.
However, MBS items appear likely to remain frozen until July next year, despite the Coalition having been critical of Labor’s decision earlier this year not to increase the rebates as previous government’s have traditionally done each November.
The Medicare Locals program will also be reviewed. The Coalition has long criticised the program for wasting dollars on bureaucrats rather than