Preserve equality, don’t compromise
Dr Liz Marles
PART of the confusion is the way the government is selling its message. We have heard Health Minister Peter Dutton state: “We will retain bulk-billing”, “GPs have discretion to waive the payment for those in need” and “a $500 million dollar windfall for GPs”. All of this suggests GPs will be better off and the public will still be able to access bulk-billing.
In reality, these statements cannot coexist. Any ‘windfall’ to GPs relies on NO bulk-billing and NO costs associated with collecting the co-payment, while