bulk billing


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bulk billing

The practice of charging the costs of a patient's care by a general practitioner, hospital, or other health service provider to Medicare, the Australian government's universal health insurance system. Primarily heard in Australia. Recent legislation is aimed at introducing a mandatory co-pay for all bulk billing by GPs and hospitals.
See also: billing, bulk
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New Medicare data shows nearly nine out of 10 Australians visit their GPs without paying a cent with GP bulk billing rates at a record 86 per cent in the nine months from July 2018 to March 2019.
The freeze on Medicare and less doctors bulk billing may have something to do with more people going to ED.
The proponents of these arrangements point to pro-consumer features of the arrangement, including the convenience and cost-savings that can come from buying a service in bulk and rolling the invoicing into monthly condominium fees through "bulk billing" arrangements (FCC, 2010).
The medical scheme also included a bulk billing provision that allowed doctors to accept the rebate as full payment and not charge patients at all.
Many medical providers, however, began using a practice known as bulk billing. Providers would treat the claimants for billed amounts near the policy limits, then submit the bills all at once before an insurer was notified of the loss.
Many cable and phone companies, as well as some of the FCC's Commissioners, believe property owners should not have the right to continue entering into exclusive marketing or bulk billing contracts with video service providers.
The Medicare reforms increased the cost of medical treatment, and many Australians lost access to free bulk billing. The recall prevented the unpopular Medicare reforms from appearing on the front pages of newspapers.
Testimony before Senate Committee hearings in 2003 repeatedly stressed the inverse relationship between the supply of doctors and bulk billing rates (Senate Select Committee on Medicare, 2003a; b).
The program was the legislative outcome of the Government's effort to address public concerns about the decline in access to bulk billing arrangements for general practitioner services.
Many hospitals have converted their outpatient services to private outpatient services using bulk billing. The Commonwealth is convinced that many of the privatization proposals involving public hospitals have resulted in cost-shifting.
Bulk billing has hit record levels under this Government.
The rate of bulk billing has since returned to a level evident before this spike (as presented in Figure Two on the following page).
07-51) the right of apartment owners to enter into exclusive marketing contracts and bulk billing agreements with video service providers.
The overview of the reasons some practitioners give to support statutory registration include such aspects as being seen to be more credible, the public having greater confidence in us, being able to offer our clients Medicare bulk billing, being able to compete for research dollars, ensuring that practitioners are safe, ensuring that there is standardised education and being able to get access to scheduled herbs.