'Political crisis' looms over Medicare freeze

THE government will risk a political crisis if it persists with the Medicare rebate indexation freeze, a senior health policy analyst predicts. 

Associate Professor James Gillespie, deputy director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, says GPs will come under increasing pressure to increase their fees the longer the four-year freeze continues. 

After ditching the unpopular GP co-payment policies, the government looked like keeping the freeze introduced by Labor in place “for the foreseeable future”, he told a symposium at the Australian

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