Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it ~ Mark Twain.
Although federal health bureaucrats seem to think bulk billing rates will increase, about30% ofGPs say they willstop all bulk billing soon. In a previous post I explained why. As a result of government policy to freeze patient Medicare rebates, doctors are faced withthree options.They can:
- take an estimated $50,000 pay-cut;
- see more patients more often;
- charge more.
Some will choose option 1, because they don’t want to or cannot charge their patients more, and are also unable to work more. The reality is however that mostGPs will not be able to afford this option.
Others will go for option 2: they may, for example, see 7-8 patients per hour instead of 4-5. They may decide to work more days and longer hours. The question is of course: how safe is this?
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