Bulk-billing incentives to rise for 12,000 GPs

Rebates will increase based on levels on remoteness under reforms the government claims will encourage doctors to leave their 'salubrious suburbs'

Bulk-billing incentives will increase next January for 12,000 rural GPs.

Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton
Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton.

The changes, announced at the weekend, are being sold by the Federal Government as a drawcard for doctors to work in the bush rather than in “salubrious suburbs”.

Based on 2018 MABEL figures, rural and remote GPs earn on average $102.60