New Medicare data shows a record amount of Australian patients are seeing their doctor without paying a cent, with the bulk-billing rate increasing to 85.8% in the first half of the 2017–18 financial year. This is the highest GP bulk-billing rate on record for the July to December period.
More than 65.9 million bulk billed GP visits were provided to patients over this time period, an extra 3.1 million services compared to last year. The total cost of all Medicare services during the six month period was $11.6 billion, with the bulk-billing rate for all services increasing in every state and territory.
[Source: Department of Health]