Pensioners could be exempt for GP co-payments

Iain Curry

FEDERAL Health Minister Peter Dutton has revealed the Government is considering exempting the elderly from the Medicare co-payment proposal.

The Government does not have enough support to get its proposed $7 GP fee through the Senate.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has given the Government an alternative co-payment model, which the ABC understands would exempt some groups, including pensioners.

AMA president Brian Owler says the alternative model would support vulnerable people and meet the Government's need to send a price signal.

"We're not going to release the details of the plan but ... it will provide protection for vulnerable people, it will also not have a cut to the Medicare rebate and it will achieve the Government's objective of ... putting a better value on general practice," he said.

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