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    Default 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?

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    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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    Yes I have used it a few times.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    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).
    I agree with this. I have to pay a gap to go to a normal doctor, so why not one for an after hours home service doctor? Seems odd to me that they are currently bulk billed! And yes they should bulk bill kids, HCC holders etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I agree with this. I have to pay a gap to go to a normal doctor, so why not one for an after hours home service doctor? Seems odd to me that they are currently bulk billed! And yes they should bulk bill kids, HCC holders etc.
    I believe they are bulk billed to encourage people to use it rather than clog up emergency rooms. If they charged what doctors normally charge out of hours it would probably be a disincentive due to cost.

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    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


 

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