I have been going to my GP for over 10 years now and they have decided now not to bulk bill anymore.
I am constantly at the Dr due to health issues how can I now afford to go see them if they are going to charge me.

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  • Check with Services Australia to see if you are eligible for a low income health care card. And see if your Doctor will accept that. It’s getting harder to get healthcare

  • My GP clinic has changed to billing however it is up to the doctors discretion if they decide to bulk bill it or not.
    It’s worth an ask.
    Or try applying for a low income health care card from Centrelink.

  • It’s so tough at the moment so many Dr’s not bulk billing or accepting certain payments. I would shop around you can ask for a copy of your records so your new Dr has it.

  • Bulk billing can be done at the doctors discretion. Ask them.

  • Talk to your GP. Ours officially does not bulk bill, but unofficially they do for selected patients. For example, we’re there a LOT because of multiple health issues, and quick checks for our kids will often be bulk billed.

  • That’s so hard! We’ve started going to the walk in drs for quick checks. Any annual check ups we still go to our regular and pay

  • I would be looking for another bulk billed GP now. Crazy decision they have made

  • Also, I found out the other day, there’s such a thing as a care plan. If you have a chronic illness that requires regular GP visits, your Dr can draw up a care plan which entitles you to 4 free visits a year as well as other free/discounted health professionals. Not a lot, but it’s something that helps

  • Some doctors will bulk bill individual patients. I know my Dr charges a reduced rate to some HCC holders and bulk bills a few others full rate.

  • speak to your doctor about your situation. i know my GP chooses to bulk bill for some patients but not for others. I know that she bulk bills me and my family, but my friends who see the same dr have to pay for their appointments.

  • It’s a sad situation for many. Speak to your doctor about in case they can help.

  • My GP was the same but they still offer bulk billing for telehealth, you only pay if you have a face to face. Maybe they will consider doing something similar. Here in WA, we are finding less and less bulk billing GP’s. I would have a chat to your doctor and see if there is anything they can do to assist you. Good luck

  • The significant decline in bulk billing “is reflective of anecdotal reports from GPs about the increasing cost of providing healthcare services in general practice and further compounds patient access issues,” the report found.
    There’s new and amended MBS items available from 1 November 2023. An additional indexation of 0.5% has been applied to some service items. 13 new Bulk Bill Incentives (BBI) items have been added for Commonwealth concession card holders and patients under 16

  • Maybe a discussion with a GP; often they can be supportive and provide options and information about services.

  • Unfortunately, I heard a news report about less bulk billing happening in our area too. Maybe ask community health in your area for options?

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