Goodbye To Bulk Billing?
GPs are warning that Australians may soon no longer be able to rely on the Medicare bulk-billing system.
Following Labour’s pausing of the Medicare rebate in 2013, many practices have been left on the verge of collapse as the country experiences inflation and a higher cost of living. According to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, health inflation has averaged 4.8% over the past decade.
Without an increase in Medicare funding, many GPs say it’s likely patients will be paying out-of-pocket to access medical services.
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