Government To Offer Sweeteners To Southside GPs To Bulk Bill

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The government is offering sweeteners to southside general practitioners in a bid to increase Canberra's low bulk billing rates. 

The Bulk Billing General Practices Grant Fund will offer funding to general practitioners, psychologists and other allied health professionals who increase their bulk billing rates.

ACT Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris.
ACT Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris. Photo: Karleen Minney

The announcement comes after a productivity commission report revealed the ACT had the second-highest rate of residents delaying visits to their GP because of the cost.

The ACT has the lowest rate of bulk billing of any jurisdiction at just 62.1 per cent compared to the national average of 86 per cent.

The government is offering grants in a bid to increase bulk billing rates.
The government is offering grants in a bid to increase bulk billing rates. Photo: supplied

"This program will encourage more GPs to bulk bill patients, ensuring that Canberrans can access medical services when and where they need them," Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris said.

"In particular, this program will focus on boosting bulk billing and allied health services in Tuggeranong and the Molonglo Valley, because we know these are areas where bulk billing rates are low.

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Source : http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/government-to-offer-sweeteners-to-southside-gps-to-bulk-bill-20180211-h0vwmi.html

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