Bulk-billing surges to record high in pandemic

Nearly nine out of 10 doctor visits bulk-billed during COVID-19 as patients embrace telehealth, Minister for Health Greg Hunt says

Australians have made great use of free medical services during the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing bulk-billing to a record high.

Greg Hunt
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Almost nine out of 10 visits to the doctor nationally were provided at no cost to the patient, Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt says.

In the 12 months to September, the bulk-billing rate for GP services was 88