Federal health bureaucrat doesn't know any GPs who have stopped bulk-billing

Australia's top federal health bureaucrat says he does not know of any GPs who have stopped bulk-billing because of the Medicare freeze.

Martin Bowles (pictured), Secretary of the Department of Health, fronted a Senate Estimates hearing on Wednesday as anger at the freeze and its effect on general practice continues.

Asked if the department knew of any GPs who had stopped bulk-billing, Mr Bowles said: “I personally don’t know any. But again, we will look at the system, looking at all the doctors, and notice what happens in the context of bulk-billing