Category Archives: bulkbilling

When ideology and election cycles determine health policy – and patientcare deteriorates.


Meet Jimmy. A nice young man living in Canberra with a good, above average, income. And he has a wealthy father who cares deeply about him. Jimmy has the common cold and feels a bit off. He really cannot go … Continue reading

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Smoke & mirrors.The Politics of Medicine


Canberrans woke up this morning to the sounds & sights  of the Media lamenting the fact that “Canberrans are the most likely to be slugged fees for Medicare services” A dramatic description followed describing how the latest AIHW report had … Continue reading

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Don Quixote de la Canberra


The ongoing saga of trying to create public awareness of the massive waste of money represented by the ACT Government funded Nurse-led Walk in Clinics has finally, after literally years of campaigning, led to an article in our local Canberra … Continue reading

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The Good Life aka being a Rich, Greedy GP in Canberra


I find myself pondering on how the Media and the Public perceive Canberra’s GP workforce. As Scientists medical practitioners are taught to deal with facts and not with anecdotes so let’s review the facts: Who is the typical Canberran? According to … Continue reading

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The GP Clinic owned and funded by the ACT Health Department


Sounds bizarre doesn’t it ? But let’s think about it. Currently we have two Nurse-Led walk in clinics that ACT Government funds with plans for another 11 million Dollars clinic in the near future and another two down the track. … Continue reading

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When bulkbilling is NOT bulkbilling


It is an amazing sight to see the ongoing  Free advertising that the Canberra Times provide to a Specific GP group within Canberra. This has been consistent every single time that the National Health Cooperative has a new venture. Meanwhile … Continue reading

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Thawing the Medicare freeze – one tiny icecube at a time


May is budget month and as usual health and specifically Medicare featured very strongly. In particular much was made  of the treasurer undertaking to roll back the freezing of Medicare rebates that has been stuck at the same level for … Continue reading

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The Sick System -Survival or Greed ?


A recent excellent article in The Australian (See text below) highlighted the longstanding issues in our health system that are gnawing away at it like termites and will lead to the system imploding if we do not act. The article identifies … Continue reading

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A future without doctors – ACT Health’s vision for the Territory 


A recent piece in the Canberra Times highlighted the path that the ACT  Government is setting out for medical practice in the Territory. We all accept that the provision of healthcare is expensive. What I, as a provider of Primary Healtcare, cannot … Continue reading

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Medicare – a brief explanation for our patients


This is how Medicare works when you go to your GP

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