The government introduced legislation last week which, if passed, would give Mr Abbott the power to restrict taxpayer funding for some types of surgery.
The independent Doctors Reform Society, a staunch defender of the Medicare national health service, questioned whether the move was a backdoor way for the Catholic minister to push his private agenda of banning abortions.
"Legislative changes which allow the health minister to decide himself what operations and procedures should be rebatable under Medicare strikes at the very heart of the universality of Medicare," the society's president Tim Woodruff said in a statement.
"What is to prevent him stopping Medicare benefits for abortion."
So his personal opinions most certainly are coming into his political domain