Govt triumphant as GPs continue to bulk-bill at record levels

GPs continue to bulk-bill at record levels despite the ongoing Medicare freeze.

Minister for Health Greg Hunt says the rate of 85.6% for GP services in the latest quarter proves that "Medicare is stronger than ever”.

The bulk-billing rate for GP attendance items was 84% — another record high.

However, the average patient co-payment was also up 5% since March last year, reaching $36.77 for GP attendances.

The figures follow last week's Federal Budget, which introduced a slower-than-hoped thaw to the freeze, to much disquiet from