I spotted this and thought “what a great idea!”. West Belconnen Health Co-op has opened in Charnwod, with members able to see a GP at bulk-billing rates. A year’s membership varies from $10 for a single pensioner, to $50 for a family with no Health Care Card. Think about the gap fees that many Canberra GPs charge per visit, and it soon adds up.
Something that I thought was even better than bulk-billing is that the co-op is managed by its members. Joining the co-op gives each member voting rights at the AGM, deciding who manages the Health Co-op and how it functions. Some people might like more direct access to decision-making, rather than relying on ACT Health Department or private companies to make all the decisions.
So what do you think?