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Monday, 3 April 2000
Page: 14987

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The Petition of certain electors of the Division of Hinkler, draws to the attention of the House.

Our concerns in Bundaberg that many General Practitioners (GP's) have closed their books to new patients, and the situation whereby bulk billing is practically impossible to access.

With a high level of financial disadvantage in this district, and the closure of the public general outpatients at Bundaberg Base Hospital, it is essential that citizens have access to a GP, when required, regardless of their capacity to pay.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the House investigates this matter and takes the necessary action to rectify this outrageous discriminatory situation (e.g. increase Medicare rebate to rural/regional areas or provide other incentives to encourage bulk billing etc).

by Mr Neville (from 1,049 citizens).