Millions of patients to get GP bulk-billing incentives for the first time

Any patient deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 can now access a higher rebate for GP care

GPs can now claim bulk-billing incentives for all consultations with any patient deemed “susceptible” to COVID-19 — regardless of whether they hold a concession card or not.

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The new funding applies to all phone, video and face-to-face consultations, with eligible patients including those under treatment for a chronic health condition, anyone aged 70 and over, as well as parents of children under 12 months and expectant mothers.

Patients with immune deficiencies will also be able to access the incentives for the first time, which currently pay $12.75 in the cities

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