Primary confirms shift to private billing amid leadership overhaul

PRIMARY Health Care has confirmed a shift to private billing for doctors’ services under a new brand, with the surprise departure of Henry Bateman as general manager of medical centres. 

Sydney GP Dr John Houston has been appointed to lead Primary’s mainstay bulk-billing medical centres, while group executive Maxine Jaquet was named general manager of a new private billing division.

“While bulk billing has been a core philosophy of this company and served us well, diversification of our revenue stream is particularly important as we look to grow in an environment