Labor warns of PBS co-payment hike for self-funded retirees

Labor’s shadow health minister Catherine King urged the Abbott government to immediately rule out any intention to impose a new 'intermediate co-charge', which would increase co-payments from $6.10 to $12.60 per script.

"It is a short-sighted proposal that will put additional stress on Australia's health system and put the health of thousands of Australians at risk,” Ms King said. 

News Limited has reported that senior Labor MPs revealed that the proposal was rejected during the final months of Julia Gillard’s leadership. 

She claimed it was the next step in the Abbott government's hidden plan to dismantle Medicare. 

“The government already has a plan to tax Australians for going to their GP, now the government plans to make it harder for elderly Australians access medicines."

The charge would affect more than 210,000 seniors who are aged over 65 and earn less than $50,000 per year or $80