LOCAL doctors are urging patients to not be deterred by the $7 co-payment as it has not yet been implemented.
The federal government proposed the introduction of the co-payment measure in May as part of the budget package. The measure, if introduced, will see patients charged a minimum $7 co-payment for general practice services. There is an overall concern that patients may be cancelling or postponing their appointments due to a belief that the co-payment is already in place.
The co-payment will not be implemented until July 1, 2015, and that is only if it is passed through the Senate.