Doctors still want end to freeze on Medicare rebates

DOCTORS have backed a review of Medicare-subsidised tests, but urged the Abbott government drop its freeze on rebates.

Health Minister Sussan Ley on Wednesday announced two reviews of the health system to be completed by the end of this year.

The reviews will lead to major reforms.

University of Sydney Dean Bruce Robinson will lead a Medicare Benefits Schedule-listed tests and procedures review. It will take feedback from GPs, health industry workers and experts.

Former Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton will lead the GP funding review.

While Ms Ley has ruled out returning to the GP co-payment policy, the government will keep its freeze on Medicare rebates.

This move has angered the AMA.

AMA president Associate Professor Brian Owler said he wanted the rebate freeze on GP consultations reversed.


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