Cost of GP consultations to rise as patients wear cost of Medicare rebate freeze

Patients will be forced to pay more for their medical consultations from next month after the peak doctors group recommended its members to raise their fees by 2 per cent. The Australian Medical Association released a new list of recommended fees on Wednesday, including an increase in the cost of standard GP consultation from $76 to $78 that would leave patients $41 out of pocket after a $37 Medicare rebate. AMA vice-president Tony Bartone said the price hike was necessary to offset the federal government’s decision to freeze Medicare rebates at the 2014 level. “General practices have absorbed the freeze,…
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