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More incentives to Bulk Bill in Boothby.



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F i g h t i n g f o r o u r f u t u r e

16 August 2004

More Incentives to Bulk Bill in Boothby

The Federal Government will spend an extra $24 million a year to support GPs in the electorate of Boothby to address workforce shortages and increase bulk billing incentives.

From September 1, doctors in Boothby and outer-metropolitan areas with below average bulk-billing rates and below average doctor-to-population ratios will be eligible for an extra $7.50 for bulk billing Commonwealth concession card holders and children under 16 years of age.

Most of the electorate will be covered by the expansion of bulk-billing incentives.

Suburbs include Bedford Park, Clapham, Darlington, Edwardstown, Flagstaff Hill, Mitchell Park, Belair, Coromandel Valley, Belair, Bellevue Heights, Blackwood, Brighton, Hove and Marino.

GPs will receive $33.20 instead of $25.70 for a bulk billed standard consultation with a concession card holder or child under 16. A typical GP in a qualifying area stands to gain around $21,500 a year through this measure.

For all other areas, bulk-billed services to card holders and children will continue to attract the standard $5 incentive payment.

Since the Government first introduced bulk billing incentives on February 1, almost 23 million GP consultations have been bulk billed.

In the March quarter, the national bulk-billing rate increased from 66.5 to 68.3 per cent. On May 1, the Government increased the bulk-billing incentive to $7.50 in country areas and Tasmania.

Over the past 12 months the Federal Government has invested $4 billion to strengthen Medicare.

For more information go to www.health.gov.au.

Media: Dr Southcott’s office - John Deller on (08) 8374 0511