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Australian doctors’ leader attacks plan to charge to see a GP

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3495 (Published 23 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3495
  1. David Brill
  1. 1Sydney

Australians would have to pay $A7 (£3.8; €4.7; $US6.5) to see their GP under a controversial new scheme that would spell the end of universal free access to primary care.

Announced in May’s federal budget, the copayment would apply to all GP consultations and out of hospital imaging and pathology services from 1 July 2015, if passed by parliament.

The plan includes a massive boost to Australia’s investment in medical research, with $A5 of every $A7 copayment going into a multibillion dollar research “Future Fund.”

General practices would pocket the remaining $A2, but there would be an accompanying $A5 cut in Medicare …

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