Some people – conservatives and libertarians – have problems with those who oppose the Commission of Audit’s – and, very soon, the Abbott Government’s – proposal to charge $6 (or $5, there seems to be confusion amongst the news networks about what it is) to see your general practitioner: or, GP. This FAQ aims to answer some of their political challenges masked as innocent questions.
Before we begin, the main reason given in order to support this scheme is to cut ‘unnecessary’ GP visits i.e. disincentivise people from going to the GP for non-serious issues, and therefore ‘better target’ people who really need medical attention, as reported in the Daily Telegraph. In other words, lines are too long and we need to deter people away from misuse.