"We've dropped the Medicare co-payments and we're starting again from scratch," he said. He reiterated: "The policy which we had on the table in January and February is gone, so we're starting again from scratch in terms of a deep conversation with the Australian people and with the medical profession as to how to make Medicare sustainable." But that position was news to fellow frontbencher, parliamentary secretary to the Treasurer, Kelly O'Dwyer, who was being interviewed on radio a short time later. "There has been no announcement to scrap it," said Ms O'Dwyer after being played Mr Tudge's comments. "I never like to contradict a fellow member of the team," Ms O'Dwyer added...The GP co-payment is one of the government's most contested measures announced in last year's budget. It has no support in the Senate and was revised down from a $7 up-front fee to a $5 cut to the Medicare rebate for some doctor's visits, although many believe that cut would also lead to an increase in GP consultation fees. Health Minister Sussan Ley is consulting on the policy and her office confirmed the co-payment has not been scrapped."
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