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sorry to be dumb but what does gp bulk bill mean

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so sorry to be stupid, but when you say bulk bill, do they send bills to you once per year, or does it mean that you just pay the diff to them and they claim rest from medicare etc

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It just means the doctor doesn't charge you a cent. You just visit the GP and they bill direct to Medicare. Some GP's don't do this. You are required to fork out the full fee for the visit and then go to Medicare and claim a partial refund.

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My GP don't bulk bill but does the medicare rebate back into your account right away.

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so why doesnt eveyone just find a bulk billing gp, i still dont get this.....

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sorry i still dont get it.... go to a bulk bill one and pay nothing, but go to a non bulk bill and pay 30 bucks after rebate, is it diff between private and medicare gp?????

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No they're not private GP's, some GP's decide to bulk bill (mine just does it for older adults and children). I know my area doesn't have any bulk billing practices. Obviously those that are will be popular and getting appointments might be difficult.

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so why doesnt eveyone just find a bulk billing gp, i still dont get this.....

 

Not all areas have bulk billing practises, and their lists may get full. For me the convenience of a good practise is more important than having to travel to another suburb. I don't know if those that aren't bulk billing offer more services??? My GP does minor surgery, they've glued my sons head and stitched my hubbys. It's also an out of hours practise, run by our own GP's (7 days a week), so we know we can rock up out of hours and still be able to see our own GP's who have access to our medical records ... so don't know if the charges go towards this

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We are quite comfortable now with our GPs, I see a lovely lady Dr and the kids and OH see the same male Dr, helps to have some continuity with your GP I think. Doesnt bother me to pay the $30 consultation fee tbh for the amount of times I go....if I were needing to go more frequently though I might be tempted to look for a bulk billing one

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My GP's are great, they removed a lesion for me recently, paid normal price for consultation and got back on medibank. Had to pay $30 for stitching/dressing etc., didn't have to pay for pathology for the lesion to be tested, nor did I pay for the consultation to have the stitches removed by the Dr. who did them himself.

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Not all areas have bulk billing practises, and their lists may get full. For me the convenience of a good practise is more important than having to travel to another suburb. I don't know if those that aren't bulk billing offer more services??? My GP does minor surgery, they've glued my sons head and stitched my hubbys. It's also an out of hours practise, run by our own GP's (7 days a week), so we know we can rock up out of hours and still be able to see our own GP's who have access to our medical records ... so don't know if the charges go towards this

 

Is there a way of checking out the local and available practices and some kind of comparison to know who is the best to go with? How did you discover yours Ali? and do you just go in and register? Would be interested to know where your surgery is located.. it sounds like just what we would need.

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When we arrived in perth i found a local area resident page on facebook where people can ask questions about the area and get advice, etc. i found our bulk billing doctor on there and they are fantastic. Its not necessarily the case that fee paying doctors are better or provide more services. Our drs do all sorts of pathology and procedures with no cost involved. Ours is brighton beach medical centre in merriwa. Even though we moved out the area we are still going there for now.

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