$15 GP co-payment recommended

Patients should be charged $15 for seeing their GP under a controversial plan to reduce demand for Medicare funded services.

The proposal is one of the cornerstones of the National Commission of Audit’s budget slashing reforms to tackle the national debt.

The country will have to wait until budget day to see whether it will be adopted by the Federal Government.

The commission claimed the $15 charge would send “a price signal to all consumers to make a small contribution towards the cost of their health care”.

The fee would be paid by general patients until they

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