A third of GPs plan to cease all bulk-billing

A THIRD of GPs will cease bulk-billing patients - including concession card holders - because of the continued freeze on Medicare rebates, an RACGP poll suggests.

Asked how the recently announced freeze extension would impact their billing policy, 163 out of 564 respondents - 29% - said they would cease all bulk-billing.

Some 122 - or 22% - said they would privately bill but cap yearly out-of-pocket fees for concession card holders.

About half said they had no plan to change their billing policy.

Thirty per cent said they would retain a mixed billing