Two-thirds of GPs say they will increase patient fees in the next 12 months

Exclusive: Millions of previously bulk-billed patients are likely to face gap fees as practices fight to remain financially viable during the rebate freeze, an Australian Doctor survey reveals.

The average five-doctor practice is set to lose more than $250,000 in Medicare revenue in 2019/20 alone under the Federal Government’s Budget plan to extend the freeze on patient rebates for another two years.

The survey conducted last week suggests GPs