Bulk billing is finally dropping, official stats show

We may have reached the heralded 'tipping point'

OFFICIAL statistics are finally reflecting what GPs have been saying for months and years: the Medicare freeze is denting rates of bulk billing.

New Medicare figures for the three months to September show the official rate of bulk-billed non-referred services has dropped. The figure stands at 85.4% — down half a percentage point on the record high 85.9% of the June quarter.

While the change appears small, it