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Co-payment Mark II – the main features

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  • $5 Medicare rebate cut for general patients
  • Indexation freeze on Medicare Benefits Schedule for GP, specialist, allied health, optometrist and other services extended to July 2018
  • From 19 January 2015, Level B consultation must last at least 10 minutes
  • Rebates for consultations lasting less than 10 minutes slashed to $11.95
  • Doctors will be allowed to collect fee of up to $5 from general patients
  • No rebate cut for children younger than 16 years, veterans, aged care facility residents, pathology and diagnostic imaging services, and bulk billing incentives for these patients will remain