‘A great big lie’: researcher disputes government claim that 90% of GP visits are bulk-billed | Health | The Guardian

Medicare cards and coins

The Australian government says almost nine out of 10 visits to GP clinics are bulk-billed, but a health insurance researcher says gap fees often aren’t recorded, meaning the official data is “a great big lie”.

Andrew James*, his wife, and their two children were bulk-billed for 15-minute appointments at their Sydney GP clinic for three years with their Medicare records showing they paid “$0”.

However, at every appointment, James and his family were charged a $35 gap fee as a separate Eftpos transaction.

“There was nothing on our health records capturing this money as an out-of-pocket expense,” he said.

 

Source: ‘A great big lie’: researcher disputes government claim that 90% of GP visits are bulk-billed | Health | The Guardian

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