Universal bulk billing plan to win back patients

In its half yearly report, Primary said patient numbers at its 56 bigger medical centres grew 13% in six months to 31 December, but GP service fee income rose by just 6%, reflecting a “slightly reduced” average fee per patient.

The medical practice operator cited a recent Productivity Commission report, which said the number of people deferring GP visits had risen from 6.4% to 8.7% “due to affordability”.

“Primary is currently rolling back the remaining co-payments in its large scale centres to