- New data reveals that consolidated billed GPs are harder to access than the federal government previously suggested.
- Four voters do not have consolidated billing clinics for new patients.
- Compare your suburban consolidated billing access to the rest of the country and see how much you’ll be left out of your pocket.
The most expensive GP clinics are in Sydney’s federal constituencies Parramatta and Wentworth, where patients are charged an average of $56 or more for a standard consultation.
Cleanbill data were calculated by finding the percentage of Australian clinics that bill adults for standard consultations during normal business hours. This differs from government data, which evaluated all services accessed by GPs.
“Being transparent with the public is the first step,” he said.
NSW has the highest percentage of consolidated billing centers and ACT has the lowest. sauce: SBS News
West Sydney voters in Blaxland and Chifley have the highest consolidated billing rates in the country, with 98% of available clinics still offering free services to all patients with Medicare cards. Sydney’s western and southwestern parts have the highest number of consolidated billing clinics in the country, according to federal health data.
Newcastle Labor MP Sharon Claydon has accused the Morrison government of cutting funding, making it “increasingly more difficult” to build a lump-sum GP clinic for voters.
“There are a lot of people who don’t have $40 in their pocket,” she said. “It really worries me.”
Independent MP Rebekha Sharkie says some residents of her voters go straight to the emergency department because they don’t have GPs for consolidated billing. sauce: AAP
“We need to get back to a path where people, especially those on low incomes, those with children and those on pensions, can collectively claim.”
SBS News has reached out to Fairfax Rep. Ted O’Brien for comment. Franklin Rep. Julie Collins referred to Butler’s comments to SBS News.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/just-35-per-cent-of-gp-clinics-bulk-bill-new-patients-heres-how-your-area-compares/zeiwn5er0 Australian Consolidated Billing GP Clinic: Find out how your suburb compares to the rest of the country