Take Survey
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Politics

Revised GP Co-Payment Still Bad Policy: ACOSS


Thursday, 11th December 2014 at 9:20 am
Lina Caneva, Editor
Welfare peak body ACOSS has warned that the Federal Government's revised GP co-payment proposal creates an ongoing risk to people on low incomes who may be discouraged from seeking timely health advice.

Thursday, 11th December 2014
at 9:20 am
Lina Caneva, Editor


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Revised GP Co-Payment Still Bad Policy: ACOSS
Thursday, 11th December 2014 at 9:20 am

Welfare peak body ACOSS has warned that the Federal Government's revised GP co-payment proposal creates an ongoing risk to people on low incomes who may be discouraged from seeking timely health advice.

Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said, "We are deeply concerned about people missing out on timely and appropriate medical advice before conditions become serious, due to the increased cost this measure will impose".

"While health care card holders are exempted, they do not cover the many people living with chronic health conditions, nor the growing number of working poor families and elderly people not covered by concessions, who are likely to be hit with a new $5 charge.

“We know that people with chronic health conditions, in particular, need routine health care from GPs and they will be greatly affected by this measure.

“We are also concerned about young people over 16 who are likely to be on low or no incomes and not necessarily on income support because of the tight conditions around independence. They too will be hit.”

Earlier this week Prime Minister Tony Abbott dumped the unpopular $7 GP co-payment instead putting the onus on doctors to charge an extra $5 for appointments. Under the revised plan, bulk billing will remain for pensioners and children aged under 16.

“While we applaud any move to reduce ineffective and poorly targeted spending within the health Budget, this must be done in line with the equally important priority of improving population health,” Dr Goldie said.

“Unfortunately, this measure has the potential to reduce health and wellbeing, particularly when the evidence shows that such price signaling does not distinguish between genuine health needs. It is unclear who the Government sought advice from or consulted with in formulating this new plan.

“We are troubled that it will be patients who will bear the cost, as many doctors will have no option but to demand the $5 from them. It is effectively a co-payment by default."

 


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

NSW Government Called to Help NFPs Become Energy Efficient

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 11th December 2018 at 8:29 am

SA Major Parties Urge Federal Government to Raise Newstart

Luke Michael

Friday, 7th December 2018 at 3:16 pm

Community Groups Slam Crackdown on Migrant Welfare

Luke Michael

Friday, 30th November 2018 at 4:45 pm

Welfare Program Dismisses Complexities of Single Motherhood

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 30th October 2018 at 4:35 pm

POPULAR

Australians With Disability Twice as Likely to be Evicted Without Cause

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 5:29 pm

Tech-for-good Companies Merge to Extend Impact

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 29th November 2018 at 8:34 am

NDIS Service Providers Cautious Over Complex Needs Pricing Shake-Up

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 10th December 2018 at 5:11 pm

Glyn Davis Confirmed as New Head of the Ramsay Foundation

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 6:00 pm

Take Survey
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

The social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!