Election 2016: Turnbull defends Sussan Ley’s claims Medicare freeze lift blocked by department

ABC News, online 23 May 2016
Reporter: Caitlyn Gribbin
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has tried to clarify Health Minister Sussan Ley’s claims her push to lift the Government’s freeze on Medicare rebates is being blocked by departmental red tape. The Government announced in this month’s budget the indexation freeze would be extended until at least 2020, which doctors are warning will lead to less bulk billing. Ms Ley said this morning she wanted to lift the freeze but the Finance and Treasury departments were not “allowing” her to make the change. Mr Turnbull said the indexation freeze would “end at some point” in the future and, despite doctors’ warnings, bulk billing rates were still high.”
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