Means test may trump $6 fee

Speaking exclusively to MO, Terry Barnes put the chances of a means-tested MBS comfortably at 2—1 and conceded that the likelihood of his preferred option — the much-debated $6 co-payment — was now “receding”.

Mr Barnes said he remained an advocate for a co-payment system — which would also see MBS rebates frozen at current levels for the next four years — but believed means testing the MBS was a viable and increasingly likely alternative that would help