The head of Sonic Healthcare, Dr Colin Goldschmidt, says it appears many people already believe the co-payment has been introduced. "We do think there is a slight drop off in GP attendances," he said on Tuesday. "There's also an element of people not doing their pathology requests as well. "It's probably people thinking, `I've got to go to the GP, but I can wait for my pathology'. " Sonic runs more than 200 medical centres, Australia's biggest network of pathology labs, and is the country's second largest radiology provider.
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