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Australian GPs warn patients of funding cuts through prescription campaign

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2764 (Published 16 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2764
  1. Paul Smith
  1. Sydney

GPs in Australia are using prescriptions to voice their concerns about health cuts ahead of the country’s Federal election on 2 July.

Hundreds of GPs have downloaded “anti-freeze” logos and printed them on their patient scripts. The messages read: “Danger: You and your family’s health is being targeted. The extended freeze on Medicare rebates means you will pay more.”

Doctors are angry about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s federal budget, which extends for another two years a long running freeze on the subsidies to Medicare, Australia’s universal health insurance system.

The campaign points out that out-of-pocket health costs account for 20% of Australia’s total health spending compared with …

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