Medicare hotline pre-empts $7 fee

“This cynical and arrogant move... shows the Coalition’s contempt for the parliamentary process and the role of the Senate,” shadow health spokeswoman Catherine King said.

Callers to the hotline hear the message: “From the 1st of July 2015, the Medicare benefit will be reduced by $5 for all patients for non-referred general practitioner consultations, out-of-hospital pathology episodes, and out-of-hospital diagnostic imaging services. 

“A patient contribution of $7 will be introduced and this may be charged by the provider.”

Ms King said there