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 each area who