Ending universal bulk-billing needs more than words
The question for the president of the RACGP is whether her exhortation last week for GPs to move away from universal bulk-billing requires something other than just those words.
The comments by Dr Karen Price were unprecedented; no other president has been so explicit about the issue.
But if they don't surface into the public domain anytime soon — and remain a YouTube video from the college's AGM and an article in Australian Doctor — they don’t mean much, just background noise.
Beyond agreement among GPs that mass reliance on bulk-billed funding is harming the specialty, the issues get complicated very quickly.
In his response to the declarations by Dr Price, Dr Joe Kosterich wrote: “Memo, RACGP: Who was it, in concert with