Media Releases


November 01, 2023

The Albanese Government is making Medicare stronger for the Central Coast.

On 1 November, the largest investment in bulk billing in the 40-year history of Medicare takes effect, with the tripling of the bulk billing incentive for local GPs.
Bulk billing is the beating heart of Medicare.

After nine years of cuts and neglect by the former government, bulk billing rates have declined sharply and it’s never been harder or more expensive for Australians to see a GP.

This historic investment means it will be easier for over 50,000 children and their families and over 130,000 pensioners and concession cardholders on the Central Coast to see a bulk billed GP.

On top of our investment in bulk billing, we are investing in a $1.5 billion indexation boost across the board to Medicare rebates, increasing the amount that doctors receive for Medicare services and reducing pressure on GPs.

The Albanese Government is committed to making it more affordable for you and your family to get the health care you need.

Quotes attributable to Pat Conroy

“People shouldn’t be forced to choose between buying groceries or seeing their GP”.

“This is the latest responsible step the Albanese Government is taking to improve the health outcomes of people in our community”.

“Along with restoring the hours for our community’s GP Access After Hours service and establishing Medicare Urgent Care Clinics, we are delivering on our commitments to make it easier for people to see a doctor.”

Quotes attributable to Emma McBride

“Today we are delivering the largest investment in bulk billing in the 40-year history of Medicare”.

“It will make it easier for more than 11 million Australians to see a bulk billing doctor, including on the Central Coast.”

Quotes attributable to Gordon Reid

“Primary care is fundamental healthcare, and it is critical that we are doing everything we can to support our general practices to continue providing high-quality patient care”.

“73,130 people in my electorate will benefit from the Federal Labor Government’s historic investment in Medicare, helping more people access a doctor when they need one”.

“There is more work to do, and we are getting on with the job of addressing the issues in our healthcare system”.