Fix to bulk billing

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

I SEEK to clar­ify a few points in re­la­tion to your ar­ti­cle on GP vis­its and bulk-billing (WT, 21/03/18).

For the peo­ple of the Whit­sun­days, a pri­vate GP clinic’s de­ci­sion to stop uni­ver­sal bulk billing is a se­ri­ous is­sue.

The Gov­ern­ment is now rein­tro­duc­ing in­dex­a­tion of the re­bate start­ing from July 1, for stan­dard GP con­sul­ta­tions.

I’ve spo­ken to lo­cal doc­tors, both in Mackay and the Whit­sun­days, the Medi­care re­bate freeze is not the over­rid­ing prob­lem when it comes to of­fer­ing more bulk-billing.

I am or­gan­is­ing a lo­cal doc­tors’ fo­rum to thrash out the so­lu­tions and I have in­vited the Min­is­ter for Ru­ral Health Brid­get McKen­zie to at­tend.

In re­la­tion to the sit­u­a­tion in Proser­pine, I’m talk­ing to Queens­land Health about what can be done to re-es­tab­lish a bulk-billing pri­mary care unit at Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal.

Can La­bor’s can­di­date give a guar­an­tee they will be able to rein­tro­duce more whole­sale bulk-billing op­tions if elected?

Can they give a guar­an­tee that if they can’t in­tro­duce more bulk-billing that they will re­sign from of­fice? If there are no so­lu­tions or guar­an­tees, all I am hear­ing is noise.

— Ge­orge Chris­tensen, MP Fed­eral Mem­ber for

Daw­son

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