One third of Australians paying out of pocket to see their GP under Medicare Freeze

Department of Health figures released today prove that only 64.7% of patients were fully bulk-billed for all of their GP services in 2015-16, according to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Full details, external link RACGP media release 6th Dec 2016

Kate Aubusson (external link) Sydney Morning Herald, 7th Dec:   A report released in September suggested 69 per cent of GP consultations were bulk-billed, and patients were paying an average of $48.69 in out-of-pocket fees.

Further RACGP Comment, external link RACGP media release 12th Sept 2016

Out of pocket costs for patients visiting a GP have increased by 6% in the last year and by 89% over the last 10 years.