The guiding principles for the consultations have been listed as:
- We must protect Medicare for the long term
- We must ensure bulk billing remains for vulnerable and concessional patients
- We must maintain high quality care and treatment for all Australians
- We must insert a price signal of a modest co-payment into the health system for those who have the capacity to pay
Much of the statement is dedicated to discussing a "...shift away from ‘six minute medicine’ so that appropriate, comprehensive care is better rewarded over patient throughput."
Read the full statement here.