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Government confident optional GP fee is the way to go
Posted on December 10, 2014
Warren Barnsley

The Federal Government has taken its seven dollar GP co-payment off the table, with a new model encouraging doctors to charge an optional five dollar payment to be introduced.

The Government says children under 16, pensioners, veterans and people in nursing homes or other aged care institutions will be exempt from the new scheme.

The controversial seven dollar charge was strongly opposed by Indigenous health organisations, who believed it would lead to a failure to close the health gap.

Health Minister Peter Dutton says he's confident the new model is the right way forward.


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