FactCheck: Have average out-of-pocket costs for GP visits risen almost 20% under the Coalition?

These statistics ignore the fact that under this government, average out-of-pocket costs for GP visits are up by almost 20%. – Shadow minister for health and Medicare Catherine King, quoted in The Australian, September 27, 2016. In 2013, Labor introduced a fee freeze on Medicare rebates in an effort to reign in the cost of government health spending. After winning the 2013 election, the Coalition government extended that fee freeze twice. Labor has now said it would lift the Medicare rebate freeze if elected. In that context, the Australian Medical Association is recommending GPs raise their fees for a standard…
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