Leaders voice their budget views

“Our concern with the delayed indexing of the MBS is due to the fact that Medicare rebates are not paced with inflation, while our costs are continuing to go up.

“Obviously we have to continue to pay increasing staff costs, increasing costs on equipment and increasing costs on premises, and by the time you take all that out of a $36 rebate it winds up being a push to shorter consultations if you want to maintain bulk-billing.”