The cost of seeing a doctor is about to go up, can family’s afford the extra fees?
The Australian Medical Association has blamed the Medicare rebate freeze on its recommendation that GPs lift fees for a standard consultation by $2 to $78 from November, reports 7 news. However the federal government insists it has nothing to do with its extended freeze on Medicare rebates.
Medicare rebates will be frozen at $37 until 2020, saving the government nearly $1 billion.
“The freeze is an enormous burden on hardworking GPs,” AMA vice-president Tony Bartone said on Wednesday.
“Practices cannot continue absorbing the increasing costs of providing quality care year after year.”
But Health Minister Sussan Ley said it was up to doctors how much they charge patients.
“We respect and value that doctors are small businesses and they have scope to set their fees according to their wishes, their business model and their patient cohort,” she told reporters at Parliament House.
I must admit I put off going to the doctor these days. It is a huge chunk out of the old hip pocket to fork out in one hit. It has become something you need to budget in if you can. That’s $40 out of pocket. Not always affordable for families.
However the alternative of turning to Dr Google or Facebook is NEVER a good idea. We highly encourage against that. So many illnesses can be mistreated if you are not careful.
A recent survey found 19% of the advice given when mums jump on Facebook for help is WRONG! 2% of the advice given is downright dangerous.
It is important to remember while it is easy and reassuring to turn to Facebook for advice, these people are usually NOT experts and the best advice you can seek is from healthdirect.gov.au page or contact 1800 022 222
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