Co-payments a blow for diabetes patients

With healthcare cuts to the tune of $8.6 billion last night’s budget has hit hard, but diabetes patients may be one group who feel the biggest blow.

 Much of the pain is centred around the highly controversial co-payment model which is set to be implemented from 1 July 2015.

 The measure will see MBS rebates reduced by $5 and general practice patients charged a co-payment of $7.

On top of higher out-of-pocket costs to visit their GP, patients are also being slugged with an increase in PBS co-payments and the threat of extra costs for ED visits, out-of