Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull participates in a Leaders Forum at Windsor RSL as part of the 2016 election campaign in Sydney, Friday, May 13, 2016.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull participates in a Leaders Forum at Windsor RSL as part of the 2016 election campaign in Sydney, Friday, May 13, 2016. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Pathology funding still gone despite Turnbull's claims

DOCTORS' groups say they have concerns about the Prime Minister's pathology deal because the proposed cuts to bulk-billing incentives are still on the table.

Yesterday Malcolm Turnbull used a leaders' debate in western Sydney to declare a breakthrough in the stoush over bulk-billing incentives for blood tests - a deal which had been a source of long-running funding dispute.

"Sussan Ley, our Health Minister, has reached agreement with the pathologists, Pathology Australia, and they will be continuing to bulk bill," he said.

"So, the concern that has been expressed about patients who go to have their blood tests done and so forth, being charged extra, not being bulk billed, that concern is gone."

Under the agreement, the Federal Government will get to keep its proposed cuts to bulk-billing incentives for pathology services.

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