Doctor fees set to rise in November

The cost of seeing a doctor is about to go up but the federal government insists it has nothing to do with its extended freeze on Medicare rebates. The Australian Medical Association has blamed the freeze on its recommendation that GPs lift fees for a standard consultation by $2 to $78 from November. Medicare rebates will be frozen at $37 until 2020, saving the government nearly $1 billion. “The freeze is an enormous burden on hardworking GPs,” AMA vice-president Tony Bartone said on Wednesday. “Practices cannot continue absorbing the increasing costs of providing quality care year after year.” But Health…
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