Medical doctors are requesting necessary adjustments to Medicare rebates, as GPs battle to cover expenditures. The AMA says 60 percent of family doctor visits are bulk billed.
For those that aren't, the average amount a patient pays of pocket is at minimum $41. The bulk billing rebate previously used to cover the entire charge of a standard consultation, now it only covers just under half. Gap fees began skyrocketing after a freeze was put on the rebate. Past Australian Medical Association president and also GP Professor Kerryn Phelps spoke to Sunrise.