Election FactCheck: has the Coalition cut bulk-billing for pathology and scans ‘to make patients pay more’?

Helen Dickinson, Bruce Baer Arnold

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Abstract

In their first term in office the Liberals … cut bulk-billing payments for pathology and diagnostic imaging to make patients pay more. – Shadow health minister Catherine King, media release, June 20, 2016.

The opposition has released political ads accusing the government of planning to privatise Medicare and warning of higher health costs in future – a campaign Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called “extraordinarily dishonest.”

As part of Labor’s Medicare campaign, shadow health minister Catherine King said that the government has “cut bulk-billing payments for pathology and diagnostic imaging to make patients pay more”. Incentives worth between $1.40 to $3.40 are paid direct to pathology service providers to encourage them to bulk-bill.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
Volume2016
No.June
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation Paperpress
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2018

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