AMA tells GPs to lift their fees

The campaign against the Medicare rebate freeze has roared back to life with a call for a hike in GP consultation fees across the board as of next month. AMA Vice President Dr Tony Bartone told reporters in Melbourne today that patients’ out-of-pocket costs would rise further because of government policy to prolong the freeze on MBS indexation until 2020. He revealed the AMA would recommend a rise of $2 for a standard Level B consult from the current rate of $76 in November, while the MBS rebate had remained frozen at $37.05 since 2014. “The freeze is an enormous…
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