‘No evidence of GP over-servicing’: Senate committee slams NCOA

The report of the Select Committee into the Abbott government’s Commission of Audit said the committee was very concerned that the recommendations made by the commission regarding the co-payment did not have a sound evidence base.

"They do not appear to have been thoroughly reviewed and tested for unintended consequences," the report said.

It described it as a recipe for an American-style health system.

"Instead of tearing down Medicare, the government should be building it up and extending it to dental care."

The committee also found the commission did not take into account "regional circumstances where people visit the doctor less often, have less access to GPs, and have poorer health outcomes as a result".

It found putting a barrier in place that would prevent people seeing GPs had the potential to hurt the most vulnerable and could result in an increased need for hospital spending down the line.