Medicare copayments to hurt women

The federal budget introduces a $7 copayment for visiting a GP and an additional $7 fee for out of hospital pathology and diagnostic imaging services. It also increases the copayment for medicines by 80c to $6.90 to those eligible for concessions and by $5 to $42.70 for others.

Women’s Health East has undertaken a gender analysis of the use of general practitioner services, demonstrating that women will be disproportionately disadvantaged.

To read or download the full media release please click on the links below:

20 May 2014 Media Release Medicare copayments to hurt women (pdf)
20 May 2014 Media Release Medicare copayments to hurt women (word)

To read the full article published in Croakey click here.