GPs call for higher level B rebate

An increase of $19 in the Medicare rebate for a standard consultation would capture the true value of GP care offered to patients.

The dollar figure is a result of an Australian Doctor survey on one of the most debated issues in general practice — the current state of patient rebates.

The Federal Government has long argued that bulk-billing rates — currently at record high levels for GP services — show rebates are at acceptable levels. But Australian Doctor surveyed 199 GPs, asking them what they considered an adequate rebate for the level B consult.

The responses ranged from the current rebate of $36.30 to $100 and averaged $54.95. That is $18.65 more than the $36.30 rebate handed to patients. There was little difference in the way the consult was valued between doctors who universally bulk