No clear law against bulk-billing membership fees: AMA

'We see no legal reason that a practice cannot charge an administration or registration fee'

All GPs should be allowed to charge membership fees in return for bulk-billing and there is no clear law against them doing so, the AMA says.

Dr Tony Bartone
Dr Tony Bartone.

It wants the Federal Government to level the playing field against the increasing number of not-for-profits operating as membership organisations.

The call has been promoted by the growth of the GP co-operatives, such as National Health Co-op.