Balancing bulk-billing: can it be sustained?

However, the real problem is that for many doctors, corporations and other practice owners, bulk-billing is the loss leader — the $1 a litre milk for medical practices.

Will the Medicare rebate become so low that doctors will turn away from bulk billing? Probably not.

The government has always wanted blended payments, and they seem to have worked their magic. The paltry rebate for a consultation with highly trained GPs is indefensible, but the game is about