GP co-payment tipped to be abandoned

GP co-payment tipped to be abandoned

The Federal Government has reportedly abandoned its $7 GP co-payment, with the controversial policy to be shelved by the end of the year.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott lacks the support to get the measure through the Senate, with Labor, the Greens and the Palmer United Party all announcing earlier this year they would not support the budget measure.

The co-payment was tipped to raise revenue for the government’s Medical Research Future Fund, which will cost the government $20 billion.

The Australian Medical Association, earlier this week, welcomed an announcement by Health Minister Peter Dutton that the government would not introduce the measure without parliamentary support.

“Australians do not want or deserve these harsh unfair measures, which will deter many people from seeking the vital health care they need,” AMA President Brian Owler said.

“The poor, the chronically ill, the elderly, and Indigenous Australians would be the hardest hit.”

“The Government should dump these policies immediately.”

The government has also reportedly moved to alter its paid parental leave scheme, with just 5 sitting days of parliament left in 2014.

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