Sydney GP shares co-payment hometruths on national TV

"I'm a GP. I've been practising for 29 years looking after the mentally ill, frail, lone patients living at home, nursing home patients, children with foster parents," Dr Hamdy Boulis told the audience. 

"I assure you, these patients are the first to be hit and disadvantaged by the budget, even with the proposed allowances in place."

The Campsie GP said he accepted the need for a tough budget but that it would have been "appropriate" to consult relevant health groups before handing it down. 

"Has the government considered that the childhood vaccination rate might drop? That patients living alone, living at home or in nursing homes will hesitate before calling a doctor? What about the mentally ill? Their care will be compromised, putting the patient at risk to themselves and the community."