Minister confirms govt will drop GP co-payment

HEALTH Minister Sussan Ley has confirmed the government's much-maligned $5 GP co-payment has been abandoned.

But in news sure to rile the health industry, she said a planned freeze on increases to Medicare rebates for GP visits will remain, until the government has completed consultations on its new plans.

Ms Ley said the government has also dropped plans for a $5 cut to rebates, relying on the freeze in the meantime.

While she gave no indication of an end date to consultations, she said everything was dependent on the budget, a signal the government plans to complete talks before May.

Ms Ley said she would be looking across the health portfolio for new savings, but that she was not trying to meet a specific savings figure.

 

EARLIER:

COALITION MPs have been told that the contentious GP co-payment has been dumped, confirming a statement by the Assistant Treasurer last night that it was dropped because "there wasn't enough support for it".

Federal Cabinet discussed the move last night and the decision has been taken to the joint party room this morning.

Last night, Josh Frydenberg revealed the decision while talking to the ABC's Tony Jones on Q&A.

"What convinced the Government you should drop it?" Jones asked.

"There wasn't enough support for it, particularly in the Senate," Mr Frydenberg said.

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