ABC news reports, 'The Federal Government is planning to dump its GP co-payment plan. The ABC understands Health Minister Sussan Ley recently told a small group of backbenchers the $5 payment would be scrapped. Government sources have confirmed it will go. However it is likely the Government will go ahead with its plan to freeze the indexation of the Medicare rebate to send a so-called "value signal" over time. It is understood the Government believes the freeze will eventually erode the amount of money doctors collect through the rebate and encourage them to pass on the cost to patients. Speaking in New Zealand earlier, the Prime Minister gave a strong indication the policy would go. "I don't want to pre-empt our party decision making processes, our government decision making process, but it's no secret that we have been rethinking some policies that were brought down last year," he said. "We are consulting with the medical profession. Those consultations are continuing but at some point in time I'd certainly expect to have more to say." The Opposition's health spokeswoman Catherine King said the policy change was not about patients. "This is about Tony Abbott trying to save his job, he doesn't care about what's happening to patients across the country," she said.'
The SMH adds that, "News Corporation reported on Saturday that Mr Abbott was likely to dump the Medicare co-payment within days as part of a strategy to rebuild backbench confidence in his leadership. Following the failed attempt on his leadership less than three weeks ago, Mr Abbott told colleagues he would not proceed with Medicare changes which did not have the support of doctors. said."
The Guardian reports, 'The assistant treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, has flagged big changes to the government’s proposed GP co-payment plan after consultation with health professionals on the issue...Speaking on Saturday, Frydenberg said there would be “significant changes to our previous approach on the Medicare co-payment”. “That is the result of Sussan Ley’s extensive consultation with the sector,” Frydenberg told Sky News.'