Coalition to put $5 levy on GP visits

A FIVE-DOLLAR levy or "co-payment" could be required for all bulk-billed GP visits as the Prime Minister considers an effort to cut down the number of unnecessary doctor's appointments.

Reports in News Limited papers suggest the recommendation by the Commission of Audit - designed to slash government costs - has not been ruled out by the Prime Minister.

If installed, pensioners and concession card holders would be exempt, and families would be given up to 12 bulk-billed visits before having to cough up the fee.

Opposition health spokeswoman Catherine King said this "GP tax" needed to be rejected immediately.

"Australian's should not be provided with a disincentive to visit their doctor," she said.

"Families shouldn't have to pay the Prime Minister a new tax every time their child is sick."

Health Minister Peter Dutton's said he would not discuss the "speculation" until the Commission provides its final report in the new year.


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