Navigating difficult trading conditions in primary care

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The five-year Medicare rebate freeze may be thawing away slowly but doctors’ groups such as the RACGP and the AMA continue to argue that indexation is still not high enough to reflect the value of general practice.

Reports of a decline in growth of bulk-billing rates and increasing gap fees suggest GPs are finding it increasingly challenging to make ends meet.

“It is difficult to ensure business viability as costs continue to rise,” an RACGP position statement reads.

“Inconsistent and insufficient indexation of the MBS has strained the viability of practices that offer bulk billing to their patients.”

Today, fewer than one in four GPs bulk bill 100% of their patients, according to an RACGP