NEW CONTRACT FOR GPS WILL BE READY BY CHRISTMAS – HARRIS

The Health Minister says parts of the new GP contract should be finalised by Christmas.

Simon Harris wants to start phasing in the deal next year which means doctors will treat all children under the age of 12 for free.

His comments follow claims by GPs that they sometimes make as little as 80c for seeing a medical card patient.

Minister Harris is promising change, but warns it will take time.

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