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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18669

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:

That the biggest ever drop in GP bulk billing since the introduction of Medicare occurred in the last 12 months;

That the rate of bulk billing by GPs has been in serious decline and has fallen by almost 10% since 1996;

That the average cost to see a GP who does not bulk bill has gone up from $8.32 in 1996 to $12.89 today- an increase of 54.9%;

That unless the rate of bulk billing by GPs is increased, a greater burden will fall on our public hospitals to treat Australians who cannot afford a visit to the doctor.

Your petitioners therefore request the House take steps to ensure that all Australians can access bulk billing.

by Mr Sciacca (from 15 citizens)