Medicare levy rise may fund GP rebate changes

Ending the freeze on Medicare rebates for doctor visits could be paid for by raising taxes on high-income earners in next week’s federal budget. Labor and health advocates have put the coalition under political pressure to lift a four-year freeze on Medicare rebates for GP visits. Health Minister Greg Hunt is under pressure to lift the freeze on Medicare rebates.¬†Photo: Jesse Marlow The government has been seeking a way to pay the estimated $1.8 billion over four years required to lift the freeze. Westpac chief economist Bill Evans says one possibility is extending the Medicare levy surcharge to high-income earners…
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