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    Default 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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    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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    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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    Default 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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    Quote 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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    I'm in two minds. I have used the service before I realised the insane amount of money they bill Medicare for... and the sneaky was they will often say oh has anyone else in the family been unwell.. and then bill them as well. Our health care system can't maintain that.. but then neither can our emergency rooms continue to deal with the garbage people turn up for. So very torn. I think it needs to stay, but the amount they bill Medicare for needs to be reduced and it needs to be more tightly regulated.

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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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    Irony is me using this for the first time tonight.

    I still would happily pay a gap though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    Irony is me using this for the first time tonight.

    I still would happily pay a gap though.
    Oh no! I hope everything is ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    Oh no! I hope everything is ok.
    Suspected gastro. Joy.


 

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