"The feedback that we are getting through other streams is that it won't be there come 1 July," he said. "But let's just wait and see."'
The West Australian has a slightly different spin, the story, saying that, "One of Australia's largest medical centre operators is urging the health minister to dump the controversial medicare co-payment and resist the temptation to replace it with another fee for GP visits. The plea from Primary Health Care, which has 800 doctors working across its 78 centres, comes amid growing confusion about whether the government will push ahead with the $5 co-payment on July 1...Mr Bateman said he feared that if the $5 co-payment was introduced, smaller GP practices would be forced to pass it on to patients. Primary lifted revenues and earnings at its medical centres during the first half of its financial year, aided by a rise in patient volumes. The result helped increase Primary's interim net profit by 6.2 per cent to $53.4 million...Meanwhile, it has hired former Leighton and Qantas executive Peter Gregg as its new boss. He replaces Primary's founder Dr Edmund Bateman, who officially stepped down from his post in January while on extended sick leave for an undisclosed condition."
Read the full SMH article here, and the West Australian article here.