After-hours corporate closes, blaming 'forthcoming Medicare changes'

It says it is immediately withdrawing from three towns

The looming cuts to after-hours rebates appear to have claimed their first victim, with a bulk-billing home visit corporate closing its services in three regional communities.

NSW-based deputising service Doctor on Duty announced on Facebook on Monday morning that it was immediately withdrawing from the Northern NSW towns of Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore.

The corporate said it had been “proud to provide desperately needed after-hours medical care” in the region since setting up shop in March last year.

“But after a lengthy review, we regret to advise that our doctors will no longer be seeing patients,” it said.

“Whilst we have had great support from the local community and medical practices, forthcoming Medicare changes mean that the service will cease to operate effective today.”