Why the RACGP is wrong on copayments

It’s no surprise to see the AMA giving approval for GP co-payments “as a concept”.

Medicare rebates continue to shrink in real terms and a shift away from bulk billing will be good for doctors’ incomes, so the AMA is just doing its job as a union.

What does disappoint me is to see the RACGP also backing copayments – even with exemptions. In its response to Peter Dutton’s proposals for a $7 fee, the College said it supported a private billing model: “Most patients will be in a position to make a contribution to the