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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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Nemo 8:34 pm 29 Aug 07

What, we should be an area of need because your Doctor doesn’t bulk bill?

We have amongst the highest incomes in Australia, and options for free health care if we want to use them.

sepi 9:29 am 29 Aug 07

The local govt doesn’t control GPs – this problem is down to the Feds.

They could declare Canberra an area of need (like remote areas) and pay drs a bit more than medicare, but they chose not to.

Kramer 10:48 pm 28 Aug 07

GPs are a bit of a joke these days – they have so many patients, so they don’t remember you unless you have chronic problems. All they do is read your file when you turn up (that’s if you can get an appointment while you are still sick).

I say get the govt to make all doctors record patient data to a single central data store where it can be accessed by any doctor. While they are at it boost medicare up too.

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