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JUSTIN SMITH: The Government has promised to pause, listen and consult over changes to Medicare, whether it be co-payments and rebates, will you be one of the groups they are consulting with?
STEPHEN JONES: I’d like to think so. Look can I start by saying I welcome the fact that they have finally come to their senses on dumping the plan, a mad plan, to slash the Medicare rebate by $20 dollars for short consultations. I think it was the wrong plan and doctors were right to turn their surgeries into a protest zone to point out the problems with it. But there is unfished business, the GP Tax Susan Ley made quite clear in her statement is still on the table and the freeze on rebates is still on the table. They should be putting a stop to those plans and sitting down and talking with the profession, health consumers and yes, the Opposition as well about what needs to be done.
Last week we witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of the new Health Minister, Susan Ley, walking away from Tony Abbott’s promise to cut the Medicare rebate for short consultations.
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Prof Dennis Pashen from the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) said today the cumulative effect of the government’s changes to Medicare “could ultimately affect access to services; the ability of communities to recruit and retain doctors; and the sustainability of rural practices.”