Posted on Sep 30, 2020

Dr Duncan MacWalter

General practice is small business. Our only income is through fee for service.
Covid-19 has increased practice costs.
Everyone is doing it tough. The Federal Government had increased rebates for people with chronic conditions, or pension and healthcare cards, but from 01/10/20 these are being cut or removed, with reduces the viability of bulk-billed consults.

This leaves the options of having shorter appointments and not giving you the time you deserve, or having to arrange multiple appointments to get complex or multiple issues assesed properly.
The other option is reduced bulk-billing with more people having to pay a fee.

I recommend trying to reduce this by making sure we've arranged a Chronic Disease Management Plan (aka care plan) for your chronic condition(s), which does allow one appointment every 3 months to be bulk-billed.
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