Anger at push for bulk-billing after hours

A push for practices to bulk-bill after-hours visits in order to qualify for grants worth up to $50,000 has outraged GPs.

The condition is contained in tender guidelines released by the Perth North Metro Medical Local this month, raising fears other Medicare Locals might follow suit as the organisations take over co-ordinating after-hours care.

The Perth North guidelines state: “After-hours services should be affordable. Affordable care means that it is not more expensive for a person to access care in the after hours period than it would be