Fewer Australians are putting off GP visits because of the cost

FEWER AUSTRALIANS are delaying or forgoing GP visits because of the cost, new national research shows — but the picture could change as the Medicare freeze continues to bite and more clinics shift away from bulk billing.

Annual data from the Bureau of Statistics, released on Tuesday, shows that 4% of people who needed to see a GP in 2015–16 neglected to do so because they couldn’t afford it. That’s down slightly from 5% the previous year.

The one-point drop appears to belie the RACGP’s and AMA’s claims that hip pocket pain is