Gap fees rising year-on-year: report

Gap fees for medical services have risen by 7% per year over the last decade, new figures show, as Medicare rebates fail to keep pace with inflation.

In a report released Wednesday, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare said Australians’ out-of-pocket spending on health saw the average person forking out more than $1080 in 2010/11.

This included $125 for medical services — which included both MBS and non-MBS services — and $203 for dental services, $67 on other health practitioners