Revealed: the number of patients who never pay for GP care

Generosity on bulk-billing has an expiry date, says Dr Nespolon

The incoming president of the RACGP says the generosity of the specialty “has an expiry date”, as new figures show two-thirds of Australian patients pay no out-of-pocket costs for GP care.

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For the first time, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has tracked patient out-of-pocket costs for GP attendances in the 31 primary health network regions for 2016/17, the final year of the full Medicare freeze (see charts below for the details in your region).

The institute's data also looks at the proportion of patients in