It’s now been a couple of weeks since it was announced that the Phillip Medical Centre and Ginninderra Medical and Dental centre would start charging $30 for a standard weekday consultation and $40 for a weekend visit to the doctor.
At the time, the Phillip medical centre medical director Robert Allan told the Canberra Times it was a business decision because the owner of the practices Primary Health Care was making a loss.
Bulk-billing was to continue for children under 16 and pensioners or health care card holders, but as for ordinary working people there was going to be an up-front fee.
So for those who visit the centres, how’s it going?
Has it reduced the waiting time, or caused any angst among those having to pay.
And is there a refund from Medicare of that up-front fee?