It's an insult GPs are no longer considered 'frontline'

Every now and again, GPs are abused in ways intended to suggest that, in the medical world, they are bottom of the food chain. 

Take, for example, the Medicare freeze. As if a six-year freeze wasn’t a hard enough pill to swallow, salt was then rubbed deeply into the wound when, last year, the Federal Government dressed up a menial indexation-level rise in GP consult rebates while reducing bulk-billing incentives for 7000 regional GPs.  

For most bulk-billing and many mixed-billing practices, this equated to a net