Moylan announces more incentives for Pearce GPs to bulk bill
Posted on Wednesday, 18 August 2004
The Federal Government will spend an additional $24 million a year to support Australia’s GPs.
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan announced today that the Eastern Metropolitan region of Perth, in Pearce, would benefit from the scheme which aims to address workforce shortages and increase bulk billing incentives.
From September 1, doctors in Pearce and outer-metropolitan areas with below average bulk-billing rates and below average doctor-to-population ratios will be eligible for an extra $7.50 for bulk billing Commonwealth concession card holders and children under 16 years of age.
For all other areas, bulkbilled services to card holders and children will continue to attract the standard $5 incentive payment.
In Pearce, GPs will receive $33.20 instead of $25.70 for a bulk billed standard consultation with a concession card holder or child under 16. A typical GP in a qualifying area stands to gain around $21,500 a year through this measure.
Since the Government first introduced bulk billing incentives on February 1, almost 23 million GP consultations have been bulk billed.