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  • Bulk-Billing may end for after-hours home doctor services - petition!

    The government's Medicare review could mean the end of bulk-billed after hours doctor home visits.

    If you use any of the after-hours home-visit doctor services for your children, yourself or other family members rather than visiting busy emergency departments late at night and the thought of these services no longer being bulk-billed worries you, you can join the Protect Home Visits campaign and sign the petition.


    Do you use the after-hours home doctor services?

  • #2
    We don't have any home doctor or locum services available where we live - and the closest emergency dept is over an hour away. It means calling an ambulance more often than we would otherwise have to. I think a home visiting dr would be a great service, it should be available australia-wide.

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    • #3
      Yes I have used it a few times.

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      • #4
        I've used it 2/3 times only. I felt like I was dying was the only reason otherwise I would of been at my regular gp

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        • #5
          I think it's a great service (not available to us sadly) that will clearly stop the emergency room being flooded with unnecessary visits. Definitely worth having & I will sign the petition.

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          • #6
            I have not used it.

            Honestly, I would be fine paying a gap for me. But I think they should bulk bill children, pensioners and HCC holders (I think all doctors should).

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            • #7
              I havent used it - but am really glad its available and would definitely fight to keep it bulk billed ... its so necessary

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              • #8
                It is an amazing service, especially with young children not needing to take them to an after hours clinic at night or on the weekends, public holidays.

                My son had tonsillitis on a Saturday and it meant we were able to get antibiotics started straight away...

                I can see that it would free up a lot of unnecessary visits to the emergency department!

                I have signed the petition too [emoji3]

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                • #9
                  I haven't used the service yet, though I'm grateful that it exists. I have the magnets on my fridge with the phone numbers on them in case the need arises.

                  I think it should stay bulk billed, so I've signed the petition.

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                  • #10
                    I've used it a number of times. Once for myself over a long weekend, again for myself after DD was born and the 13health nurse was concerned about a DVT. And a couple of times for DS when he got sick in the afternoon and I couldn't get him a doctor's appointment within a reasonable time frame because they were booked out for the next 2 days. These things (with the exception of the DVT worry) didn't warrant an emergency room visit, but they did require medical attention sooner rather than later. Without the home doctor service, we probably would have had to go to the ER for something minor to stop it becoming something major. Bulk billing is crucial, because I know there are a lot of people who use it solely because the regular GPs don't bulk bill and they just can't afford to see a doctor otherwise. These people would either have to end up going to the hospital for treatment, or end up going without necessary treatment.

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                    • #11
                      Bulk-Billing may end for after-hours home doctor services - petition!

                      I work in this field and it's actually the doctors fault (some of them anyways) that the bulk billing may be stopped.

                      A lot of them are using the wrong item number, so they get a higher bulk billing fee.

                      For example. The standard bulk billing item number is worth $75, but people are using the emergency bulk billing item number to get the higher amount of $150.

                      The emergency one is only for ones where the health care provided could not have waited until normal hours. I.e it would be detrimental to the health of the patient to make them wait and the waist mwah results in the patient being hospitalised. Most after hours appointments don't actually meet that criteria.

                      The doctors are not skilled enough to make the proper assessment because they aren't specialist GP's (they are quite often actually medical officers from hospitals doing this to make some extra money).

                      I have no problem with them doing the public service by providing the healthcare but they are a lot of the time people who are only a few years out of med school and they are expected to be able to make an assessment that a trained specialist GP (who has had 3 years of specialist training) can.

                      Removing bulk billing isn't the best solution, they need to give the doctors the appropriate support to bill properly so that it doesn't cost the program excessive amounts of $$

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                      • #12
                        I have used it twice once when hubby was away and I had mastitis and a newborn and was scared I would collapse not be able to. Are for my baby and once more in the same situation with a bladder infection a useful service!

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                        • #13
                          I have used this numerous times. Infact i was so sick last christmas I could not get out of bed. Even if i was sick enough to go to the emergency ward, I could not have physically sat there for the multiple hours I would have had to wait. As it turns out it was a virus and not much could have been done, but it was good to have peace of mind. My elderly mother , in her 80's who is on a pension has been known to call them after hours too. It would be sad to see bulk billing end on a great service.

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                          • #14
                            Bulk-Billing may end for after-hours home doctor services - petition!

                            With a husband frequently away with work, 4 small children and no support networks nearby, the home Doctor service has been a god send to me through the years.

                            It would be very disappointing if it ended the bulk-billing, as before the bulk-billing service I used to pay a yearly subscription to a home Doctor service and it wasn't cheap!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mod-Uniquey View Post
                              With a husband frequently away with work, 4 small children and no support networks nearby, the home Doctor service has been a god send to me through the years.

                              It would be very disappointing if it ended the bulk-billing, as before the bulk-billing service I used to pay a yearly subscription to a home Doctor service and it wasn't cheap!
                              Yep, I completely agree Uniquey! In the exact same boat, they have been a life saver in so many circumstances when hubby is away!

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