Rebates set to rise, but still short of inflation

GP Medicare fees for a standard consultation will rise by 2% from 1 November to $35.60, while a similar 2% rise for nurse practitioner consultations will push their fee for a 30-minute consultation further beyond the fee paid to non-vocationally registered GPs.

Medicare data last week revealed Level A fees for GPs will rise 30 cents to $16.30, Level B fees 70 cents to $35.60, Level C fees $1.35 to $69, and Level D fees $2 to $101.55.

Nurse practitioner rebates will also be indexed by 2%, bringing the fee for a 30-minute consultation to $39, while the fee and patient rebate for non-vocationally registered GPs is set to remain at $38.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the new fees were well short of the association’s estimate of the average $63 fee being charged by Australian GPs for a standard consultation.

“People don’t even think about the Medicare fee when they set their practice fee because the disconnect between