Hon Judi Moylan

Bulk-billing rates for GPs increase in Pearce

Figures released today show that bulk-billing rates for non-referred GP attendances in Pearce have increased, Member for Pearce Hon Judi Moylan MP announced today. Medicare data released by the Commonwealth Government for the 2006 calendar year shows that local bulk-billing rates have increased from 77.9% in 2005 to 79.5% in 2006 – an increase of 1.6%. This increase in bulk-billing is a direct result of the measures introduced by the Howard Government to increase access to high-quality, affordable health care through the $4 billion Strengthening Medicare package. This is a great outcome, particularly for families in Pearce. The most significant increases have occurred where the Government has targeted incentives for children and older Australians. The national average bulk-billing rate for non-referred GP attendances in 2006 was 76.6 per cent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points over the previous year. The Medicare data released today also shows that Pearce residents benefited from $993,665 worth of Extended Medicare Safety Net benefits. Overall, 4186 people in Pearce qualified for benefits in 2006, this included 227 singles and 2487 families. The Extended Medicare Safety Net protects all Australians from high out-of-pocket costs for Medicare-eligible services provided outside hospital. Every time people in the safety net make a claim on Medicare, they receive 80 per cent of their out-of-pocket costs. Full reports are available at: www.health.gov.au/electoratereports

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