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Cash-Strapped Aussie Families Simply Can't Afford To Get Sick

GP, private health fees to rise

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Families already struggling to pay their medical bills are set to suffer more pain and the hip pocket, with GP's fees and private health premiums expected to rise.

Health funds have until tomorrow to make an application for the annual April premium rise with Health Minister Greg Hunt, it is expected they will seek to raise premiums by about 4 per cent, taking the average family policy up $200 to $4700.

While the Australian Medical Association has recommended GPs increase their standard consultation fees to $79, an increase of $1 to cover practice costs, rising staff wages and medical indemnity fees.

About a third of Aussies aren't attending fully bulk billed doctors appointments and are left around $40 out of pocket per visit, after any medicare rebates.

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