RUN­NING OUT OF PA­TIENTS

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

MAYBE if some doc­tors are not will­ing to bulk-bill and if they con­sider the Medi­care re­bate of $36.30 a pit­tance for a short con­sul­ta­tion, they should stop ac­cept­ing it as part-pay­ment, and see how their busi­ness model would per­form with­out any gov­ern­ment sub­sidy.

Tas­ma­ni­ans are among the poor­est peo­ple in the coun­try. If co-pay­ments be­come more com­mon, ex­pect the hos­pi­tal ED to be fur­ther stretched.

My mother’s (Cen­tre­link pen­sioner) doc­tors’ surgery only bulk-bills those over 75. Most doc­tors are pa­tient-fo­cused. How­ever, the trend to­wards be­ing more money-fo­cused is some­what alarm­ing. Mark Bar­wick Clare­mont

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