"We know that there's good evidence to say some people will not see their doctor, that they will defer having treatment," Professor Owler said. "It's also more likely that they will end up in hospital needing more expensive hospital treatment."...
Professor Owler said the costs of running a medical practice, covering rent, staff, equipment, indemnity insurance and accreditation, increased year-on-year and doctors had no choice but to pass costs on.
"Many doctors have absorbed the impact of the freeze until now, but the two-year extension has pushed them over the edge," he said.
"Effectively the budget has meant that there'll be a freeze for almost seven years. Their businesses are now struggling to remain viable...No-one can operate under those sorts of circumstances."
"The Medicare freeze is not just a co-payment by stealth, it is a sneaky new tax that punishes every Australian family."