Sent: Tue 9/12/2014 5:31 PM
PROTECTION FOR VETERANSí HEALTH SERVICES REMAINS
Veterans will remain unaffected by the changes announced today to the GP co-payment.
The original co-payment measure proposed in the 2014-15 Budget will no longer proceed. The Government will implement a new, optional co-payment, with additional protections for patients. Again, this will have no impact on veterans.
Consistent with our announcement in the May Budget, the Government will not impose a co-payment on GP services provided for veterans for services funded through the Department of Veteransí Affairs.
This commitment reaffirms the Governmentís commitment to recognising the unique nature of military service.
Media inquiries: Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
Department of Veteransí Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546)