John Menadue. Seven dollar GP co-payment – and an unintended consequence

If the co-payment takes effect, it is likely to result in an increase in doctor’s fees. As Ian McAuley has pointed out, the attraction of bulk-billing for the doctor is that it removes the cost of handling and accounting for transactions. The invoice is sent directly to Medicare.

Once the doctor is obliged to handle the $7 co-payment, another transaction occurs; either by cash or probably credit card. This inevitable patient/doctor money transaction will provide the doctor with an opportunity to charge above the bulk billing rate.

As soon as doctors stop bulk-billing we can expect a rapid rise in doctor’s fees on top of the $7 co-payment. And the $7 co-payment may be just the beginning!

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One Response to John Menadue. Seven dollar GP co-payment – and an unintended consequence

  1. tim woodruff says:

    worth noting that allowing for inflation, the copayments for prescriptions (Government controlled), and all Medicare items including GP visits (provider controlled)have both increased fourfold since their introduction years ago, consist with above suggestion

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