MBS rebate freeze won’t work: AMA

The plan was prepared by Terry Barnes, a former adviser of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, for the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR).

The policy think-tank estimated it would save the government three-quarters of a billion dollars over four years.

ACHR executive director Neil Batt said the proposal was similar to a temporary budget measure put in place in 1991 by the Hawke Labor government, and would help the current government reduce its debt and deficit levels.

Mr Batt argued the proposal would help reduce demand