31 May 2019

Federal Government fulfils election promise to unfreeze patient rebates early

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) says the Federal Government’s approval to re-index Medicare rebates for 187 GP items from 1 July is a positive step for Australian patients and their GPs.

RACGP President Dr Harry Nespolon welcomed newly reappointed Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt making good on his promise to re-index patient rebates for 187 general practice items on his first full day after being sworn in as part of the government’s new Ministry.

“We’re optimistic our re-elected Federal Government is starting to recognise the crucial role GPs play in keeping Australians healthy and out of hospitals,” Dr Nespolon said.

Minister Hunt’s commitment to re-index these rebates early is a sign our re-elected government is willing to invest in what is the most accessed and cost-effective form of healthcare – general practice.

 “This will begin to undo some of the damage caused by the Medicare rebate freeze by successive governments.

“General practice is the most cost effective part of our healthcare system, so it is vital that our political leaders  invest in general practice patient services.

“The re-indexation of rebates for 187 Medicare GP items will mean more Australians are able to access care when they need to.”

  “The RACGP is looking forward to continuing to work with the Federal Government to improve the health of the nation and the accessibility of quality general practice services.

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