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Abbott drops plan for healthcare co-payment

Reversal comes after heavy criticism by opposition and many in healthcare sector

Mr Abbott says the government will cut the rebate that it pays to doctors, encouraging them to charge adults a A$5 fee at their discretion while children, the elderly and those on state allowances would be exempt.


PRIME Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday abandoned a plan to radically reshape Australia's universal healthcare system by charging patients a fee to see their doctor, a major back flip for his struggling conservative government.

The A$7 (S$7.64) "co-payment" fee, which had been...

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