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Tuesday, 21 August 1984
Page: 83

(Question No. 948)


Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 6 June 1984:

(1) What (a) number; and (b) proportion of medical (i) practitioners, and (ii) specialists in South Australia are bulk billing patients through Medicare.


Senator Grimes —The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

1239 or 75.3 per cent of general practitioners and 477 or 54.3 per cent of specialists have direct billed Medicare.

These figures relate to claims processed by the Health Insurance Commission in the period 1 February 1984 to 31 May 1984. A practitioner is classified as a ' direct bill' practitioner if at least one of the services processed for him in that period is direct billed. A practitioner is classified as a general practitioner if the majority of his services are GP services.