Bulk Billing and GPs - Strengthening Medicare

The Albanese Government is making it easier to see a bulk billing GP. We are making Medicare stronger for all Australians, delivering critical funding to make it easier for you to get the healthcare you need today, and investing in reform for the healthcare system of tomorrow.

Bulk billing is the beating heart of Medicare and after nine years of cuts and neglect by the former government, we know it’s never been harder or more expensive to see a GP. That’s why the Albanese Government is tripling the bulk billing incentive – the largest ever increase in the 40-year history of Medicare.

This historic investment will help over 5 million children and their families to see a bulk billed GP. It will also support more than 7 million pensioners and concession card holders - some of the most vulnerable people in the community, who rely on their GP visits being bulk billed. Together, these groups account for 3 out of every 5 visits to the GP.

Already, doctors’ groups have called this a “game-changer” and GPs right around the country have said this will help them maintain and even shift back to bulk billing.

We’ve also increased rebates more in a single year than the former government did in seven years. On top of increasing the investment in bulk billing, we are investing in a $1.5 billion indexation boost to every single Medicare rebate which increases the amount that your doctor receives for every single Medicare service, reducing the pressure on GPs to charge you more to get the healthcare you need.

We are committed to making it more affordable for you and your family to get the care you need in your community.

The Albanese Government is investing a further $2.2 billion into reforms that will strengthen Medicare into the future, including payments for GPs to grow their teams, new rebates for longer consults, money to provide better wound care, easier access to telehealth and much more. 

 Building a stronger Medicare won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, but Labor is the party of Medicare and we will strengthen it for all Australians.