Membership fees for a bulk-billed service? GPs see red over co-op rival

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GPs in Canberra say governments are discriminating against them in favour of a bulk-billing health co-op that has 40,000 patients paying a $120-a-year membership fee.

The AMA has asked the Medicare compliance unit to investigate whether the National Health Co-op, the capital’s largest provider of GP services, is operating in contravention of Medicare rules that prohibit doctors from bulk-billing and charging a fee for the same consult.

The co-op has grown rapidly since it was established in 2010 and has been touted as the answer to

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