Medicare safety net on ice as negotiations break down

MEDICARE safety net changes have been put on ice after the government broke off negotiations with cross-bench senators. 

Health Minister Sussan Ley announced today she was “unwilling to compromise” on fundamental issues in the government’s reform plan. 

“The government will be pausing discussions on the Medicare Safety Net measure while we develop our broader Medicare and primary care reform package,” she said.

She said the government had engaged in constructive discussions with the Greens and cross-benchers in recent