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An Analysis of the General Practice Access Scheme on GP Incomes, Bulk Billing and Consumer Copayments

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  • Elizabeth Savage
  • Glenn Jones

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In response to falling rates of bulk billing, in April 2003 the Australian Government proposed changes to the way that general practitioners (GPs) are reimbursed. It claimed that the General Practice Access Scheme (GPAS) would benefit all Australians by providing more affordable access to GP services and improved access to free GP consultations for concession cardholders. This article examines the likely impacts of the GPAS, focusing on the proposed changes to bulk billing and payments to GPs. It examines the current spatial distribution of bulk billing and discusses how the package changes the incentives for GPs to charge patients and likely impacts on GP income, patient copayments and bulk billing rates. Copyright 2004 The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

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Article provided by The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research in its journal The Australian Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 37 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 31-40

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ausecr:v:37:y:2004:i:1:p:31-40

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  8. Patricia Apps & Ray Rees & Elizabeth Savage, 2004. "The Economics of a Two Tier Health System: A Fairer Medicare?," CEPR Discussion Papers 478, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  9. Van Doorslaer, Eddy & Clarke, Philip & Savage, Elizabeth & Hall, Jane, 2008. "Horizontal inequities in Australia's mixed public/private health care system," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 97-108, April.

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