What the budget means for doctors, in five key points


Here, in five points, are the key bits of the Federal Budget for doctors.

1. The Medicare Freeze will thaw at a glacial pace

As foreshadowed in pre-budget leaks, the Medicare freeze will begin to thaw.

But the pace will be slow. Very slow.

Indexation for Medicare items will be introduced in four stages, beginning with bulk-billing incentives from July 1.

A year later — in July 2018