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AMA co-payment: how it would work

·        no cut to Medicare rebate

·        practitioners free to set own fee

·        $6.15 co-payment would apply to most GP services

·        Govt would pay co-payment on behalf of children younger than 16 years and concession card holders

·        co-payment would not apply to:

o   residential aged care and home visits

o   chronic disease management services

o   health assessments

o   mental health treatment items

·        two-year delay on co-payment for pathology and diagnostic imaging services, pending consultation and review

·        the inclusion of the co-payment in Medicare Safety Net calculations

·        A1 rebates for general patients linked to the application of the co-payment