Average co-pay for a standard GP consult reaches $37.47, says health dept

But it is still unclear whether GPs are moving away from universal bulk-billing en masse

Judged by the discussions among GPs  those in the practice tearoom, those through social media  the ways and means to reduce universal bulk-billing and the struggle it creates in terms of delivering the highest quality care is the hottest topic in town.

During the election campaign, it has rarely been mentioned, and certainly no politician has been suggesting policies to address the issue.

But Medicare figures indicate the sort

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