Top 10 professional news stories of 2014

1. Co-payment chronicles

THE $7 co-payment plan revealed as a “price signal” for medical services in the May budget emptied waiting rooms and caused emotional scenes in the days following.

Many practices saw attendances plunge after the budget announcement, as patients apparently feared the so-called GP tax would take immediate effect.

Rebellion against the co-payment by doctors’ groups included a successful social media campaign by the RACGP, and the issue became a still unresolved headache for the Abbott government.

Despite rumours it had been shelved, as

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