Changes to bulk billing incentives will give more than 11 million Australians access to general practitioner services with no out-of-pocket costs.
Big bulk billing boost the centrepiece of health budget
Low-income Australians and children will be eligible for bulk-billed doctor’s visits with Medicare reforms at the heart of the federal budget.
Bulk billing incentives will be tripled for general practice consultations for children under 16 and concession card holders as part of a $3.5 billion commitment over five years.
The incentives will apply to all face-to-face consultations and telehealth services and give more than 11 million people access to a GP with no out-of-pocket costs.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the changes were the centrepiece of the budget and would ensure the quality of a person’s healthcare was guaranteed by their Medicare card, not their credit card.