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We pay more for the doctor

By GnT - 25 August 2007 23

According to the ABC, the ACT has the lowest rate of bulk-billing in the country.

This is not surprising, since we also have the highest income. Local doctors know they can charge more and therefore make more from this population. What can the government do to encourage more doctors to provide bulk-billing services?

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23 Responses to
We pay more for the doctor
fmd 4:17 pm 28 Aug 07

you pay either way…with your time or your money.

sepi 10:40 am 28 Aug 07

A result of the new medical centre I’d say.

Those first come first served places are taking over.

Bring back the days of hte ‘family doctor’.

BeyondThought 10:50 pm 27 Aug 07

this came as surprise to me and i googled it, came accross this interesting piece:

Medicare bulk-billing rates increase again in Fraser

all very confusing

sepi 8:09 am 27 Aug 07

Further to that – those less well off should still be able to see a normal family GP who knows their medical history, and can bulk bill them. IN Canberra, even with a health care card, I believe you are still pretty much restricted to sitting around in a ‘medical centre’ to see whichever dr, if you want to be bulk billed.

sepi 8:08 am 27 Aug 07

Why should bulk billing be only for the destitute in Canberra, and for everyone in most other major cities?

Nemo 9:34 pm 26 Aug 07

“The solution is easy: the Government needs to pay the GPs for their time.”

…or, the patient could take some personal responsibility and pay the GP. I’m sick of subsidising people dont pay their own way.

Bulk billing should be for the minority who have major health issues and can’t afford medical care otherwise.

gun street girl 7:16 pm 26 Aug 07

The solution is easy: the Government needs to pay the GPs for their time. The Medicare reimbursement is not a king’s ransom, particularly in Canberra where we have one GP per thousand person.

sepi 10:53 am 26 Aug 07

The medical centres do bulk bill.

What Canberra is lacking is ‘family dr’ type GPs where you see the same dr, and can make an appt. almost none of them will bulk bill, even for babies.

jemmy 10:28 pm 25 Aug 07

The above probably makes no sense unless you know Philip don’t take bookings, it’s walk in and wait.

jemmy 10:27 pm 25 Aug 07

People have discovered the Philip one, used to be a 45 min wait, now it’s 2 hours min. I got there at 9:30am and there were 45 people ahead of me. The receptionist said people were queuing up when she got there. To be honest, I’d rather pay a $30 gap than wait for 2 -3 hours.

el 10:15 pm 25 Aug 07

The new medical centres in Philip and Belconnen bulk bill. There’s also a couple in Dickson (Dr Smee?) and I’m pretty sure the fellow in Curtin does (or at least did several years ago).

sepi 10:03 pm 25 Aug 07

IN Adelaide all kids under 12 are bulk billed.

As you say – in Canberra there is no such thing as a dr that bulk bills. If we were some remote area we’d be getting assitancem, but as Johhny H hates Canberra, we are stuck wth 3rd rate GP services.

boomacat 6:46 pm 25 Aug 07

Ah, perhaps the Commonwealth might do the nation a favour and increase the rates that Medicare pays doctors for patient consultations?

10 – 15 years ago it was strange if a doctor didn’t bulk bill; nowadays it’s a miracle to find a doctor who does bulk bill.

But that would leave Johnny with less money in the kitty to buy votes with middle class welfare. And anyway, Johnny wants essential services to be user pays, like his dreamland America.

God bless America. God bless John Howard.

Deano 4:49 pm 25 Aug 07

The answer is obvious – reduce our income. Which is exactly what the ACT government is trying to do with its current policies on taxes, rates, fees and penalties.

sepi 3:09 pm 25 Aug 07

It is also because we have the lowest number of GPs per capita in the country.

Jon Stanhope did apply to John Howard for the ACT to be declared an area of need, but JH ignored the request.

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