More practices could close as bulk-billing rates hit all-time high, warns AMA

The ongoing pandemic means GPs will continue to minimise fees for struggling patients, says vice president Dr Chris Moy

Bulk-billing rates have reached an all-time high, a record the AMA believes signals an ongoing threat to the viability of some GP practices.

Dr Chris Moy.

Figures for the six months to December 2020 reveal the bulk-billing rate for GP services reached 89.3%, or 7.4 percentage points higher than the same period in 2012/13.

The rate was even higher in NSW and Victoria, the two states with the most coronavirus cases,

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