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GPs May Stop Discounting Fees

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    PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health GPs May Stop Discounting Fees Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath today wondered whether his medical colleagues
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      PRESS RELEASE

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Health

      GPs May Stop Discounting Fees

      Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath today wondered whether his
      medical colleagues would shorten consultation times and cease
      discounting fees in response to the government's persecution of GPs
      who want to raise their charges.

      "GPs have a long history of generously discounting their fees, at
      times offering their services at no surcharge, to less well-off
      patients without the need for government coercion," he added.

      "The fees review committees which are designed to implement price
      controls in the provision of primary medical care will rapidly erode
      the goodwill of these doctors. Faced with increasing job stress, heavy
      work hours and spiralling wage bills, doctors have an absolute right
      to charge what they see fit for their services," said Dr McGrath.

      Libertarianz would remove the heavy hand of the state from health
      care, allowing doctors to charge whatever fee they wanted to, but also
      removing the taxpayer subsidies they have enjoyed for the last seventy
      years.

      ENDS

      For more information contact:

      Dr Richard McGrath
      Libertarianz Health Deregulation Spokesman
      MB ChB DipObst PGCertTravMed
      Email: richard.mcgrath@...
      Phone: 027 322 2907

      Libertarianz: More Freedom, Less Government
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