Doctors fees on the way up

Medical practices are raising fees to cope with the rebate freeze, with a RACGP poll showing 60% of GPs will stop bulk-billing or charge patients a higher private fee.

The RACGP says a poll of its members in April found that close to 60% of the 550 GPs it surveyed would pass on costs to patients from July.

Brett McPherson — practice manager at Collins Street Medical Centre in Melbourne — says his nine