Government funds 'urgent care' centres despite GP competition fears

The Federal Government says it will spend $28 million to create new bulk-billing clinics

St John Ambulance service has been handed $28 million to set up four new “urgent care” clinics offering bulk-billed appointments, which critics say will compete directly with local GP clinics.

Dr Sean Stevens.
Dr Sean Stevens.

Funded by federal government, the clinics based in Perth will bill themselves as “high-quality, safe and timely alternate care pathways for unscheduled care”, with extended opening hours.

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