Rebate freeze backlash begins

Doctors are stepping up campaigns against the Medicare rebate freeze, warning it will result in more patients burdening the hospital system as political leaders struggle to resolve a crisis over public health funding.

Dr Frank Jones

The RACGP, rural doctors’ groups and the AMA spoke out today amid reports of doctors closing or adjusting their practices because of the rebate indexation freeze.

The RACGP’s new “antifreeze” campaign is distributing posters for waiting rooms and letter templates to bring more patients into the