Hockey willing to make exemptions for GP co-payment

Hockey willing to make exemptions for GP co-payment

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey says the government may be willing to consider wider exemptions to the GP co-payment, after meeting with Federal MP Clive Palmer overnight.

Mr Hockey has been meeting with cross-bench Senators to try and get enough support in the upper house, to pass its legislation for a compulsory $7  payment for every visit to a GP.

Health Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed the government is considering making elderly Australian exempt from the payment  and Mr Hockey has said today more exemptions are a possibility.

But he’s told the ABC the government remains committed to its tough budget measures.

“We are prepared to discuss these things,” he told ABC radio.

But the Labor party says any exemptions will not be enough, as far as the Opposition is concerned.

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen says the policy should be dumped.

Meanwhile, Mr Palmer says even if some wider exemptions are given, the co-payment will still hit a large group within the Australian community.

“We need to see the hard policy but I don’t think we can stand by and let our pensioners and vulnerable people be attacked by this policy,” he has said to the ABC.

“It’s not just pensioners [but] low-income employees, people with families.”

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