RUNNING OUT OF PATIENTS
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