Bulk-billing reliance will undermine healthcare: AMA

Figures announced by Health Minister Tanya Plibersek today for the December quarter indicate the GP bulk-billing rate has remained at a record high of 82%, while the overall bulk-billing rate for all Medicare services has reached a record high of 77%.

“The Gillard government believes that all Australians should have access to quality and affordable healthcare,” Ms Plibersek said in a statement.

“While bulk-billing rates can fluctuate, the government is pleased bulk-billing rates for GP services have returned to