As expected, the government has announced a progressive lifting of the Medicare rebate freeze. Together with removing the bulk-billing incentive for diagnostic imaging and pathology services, as well as an increase in the PBS co-payment and related changes, this will cost a total of A$2.2 billion over the forward estimates. Other announcements include: From July ...
Budget 2017 sees Medicare rebate freeze slowly lifted and more funding for the NDIS: experts respond
By Stephen Duckett, Chris Del Mar, Elizabeth Savage, Helen Dickinson and Michael Woods
10 May 2017