The SMH has published, "The federal Coalition is facing an early election headache with thousands of GPs set to urge their patients to lobby against the extended freeze on Medicare rebates. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners will launch its campaign against the government's decision to continue to freeze current rebates until 2019/20, which it says will force more doctors to start charging their patients a co-payment. The government expects the move will save it about $925.3 million...
From Monday, the 32,000 members will hang posters in their waiting rooms that warn: "Danger. You and your family's health is being targeted. The extended freeze on Medicare rebates means you will pay more!"
As the federal election campaign kicks off, doctors will also encourage patients to demand that their local state and federal MPs support greater funding for Medicare, and to use social media networks to spread the message.
"The RACGP wants this campaign to reveal which candidates are publicly committed to protecting Medicare, and which ones aren't," president of the College, Dr Frank Jones, said. "We want them to pledge their support for an adequately funded world-class health system, including an immediate lift of the freeze."