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    Yet it is happening all the time. A simple Google search will show many examples of GP clinics charging for things like dressings yet bulkbilling everything else’s. Granted, there may be some clever wordplay at times but that is still what is being done.

    In Canberra itself the biggest local GP organisation functions as a “Cooperative” which comes down to the patient paying an annual membership fee in return for being bulkbilled. Done with open support of the local Government who even actively promotes it. They even claim the Medicare bulkbilling incentive payments.

    GPs can off course only charge the gap and wait for the Medicare cheque ( not the same as bulkbilling) – the cheque, made out to the doctor is sent by Medicare to the patient and the GP can wait up to 90 days for payment so this option is not often used


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