No lifting of Medicare freeze expected

The federal government’s controversial Medicare rebate freeze is unlikely to be completely unwound in Tuesday’s budget, doctor concede. The unpopular freeze which fuelled the so-called Labor “Mediscare” campaign that almost cost the coalition the 2016 federal election is widely expected to be tinkered with when Treasurer Scott Morrison unveils the 2017/18 budget. Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon is hopeful the freeze will be unravelled over the next 12 months. “We’re hopeful we will see re-indexation across the entire Medicare Benefits Schedule, across pathology, across diagnostic imaging,” he told Sky News on Monday. “We also have been led to believe…
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