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The impact on vulnerable Australians if the Government removes the Medicare bulk billing incentive items

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GP services – bulk billing rate is 82.2%.  

Metropolitan patients will have to pay at least $6.25 when they see their GP.

Rural patients will have to pay at least $9.25 when they see their GP.

 

Pathology services – bulk billing rate is 87.7%.  

Metropolitan patients will have to pay at least $6 for their tests.

Rural patients will have to pay at least $9.10 for pathology tests.

 

Diagnostic imaging services – bulk billing rate is 76%.  

Metropolitan patients will have to pay at least $6 for imaging.

Rural patients will have to pay at least $9.10 for imaging.

 

Commonwealth Medicare funding cut by least $632m per annum for the most vulnerable people in the Australian community.

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