What are the real bulk-billing statistics?
Australian Doctor is on a mission to uncover one of the health system’s deepest secrets: what are the real bulk-billing rates for a GP consult.
Because after 30 years of Medicare, it appears no one knows beyond the chosen few.
The official bulk-billing rates, those routinely trotted out by ministers for the media to consume, are misleading.
Yes, they are at record levels — 85% — and all seems sunny.
But as the RACGP pointed out recently, it is 85% of all GP services funded by Medicare, not GP consults. It includes the care plans, the spirometry, the