Let GPs charge a fee on bulk-billed consults to end funding crisis, says next RACGP president


The RACGP’s president-elect says he will push for GPs to be allowed to charge a fee on top of bulk-billed consults.

Dr Harry Nespolon, who will take charge of the college from October, has pledged to lobby the government to change the law so patients will no longer have to wait for Medicare rebates after being privately billed.

“Rather than telling a patient to hand over $42 and then wait to claim the rebate, surely it is far better that they make a small contribution,” the Sydney GP said.

“In a modern age, how does the