Primary moves to private-billing medical centres

Primary Health Care says it will create private-billing medical centres, a major shift in a business founded on universal bulk-billing.

The announcement comes as Henry Bateman (pictured), son of company founder Ed Bateman, quits as general manager of Primary’s medical centres.

Primary says he had “left for personal reasons to pursue other opportunities”.

In a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange, the company revealed it would develop a “privately billing medical centre model and brand”.