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New Medicare data shows nearly 9 out of 10 Australians visit their GPs without paying a cent with GP bulk billing rates at a record 86 per cent in the 9 months from July 2018 to March 2019.
The Australian Government is providing $187 million to increase patient rebates for 176 General Practitioners (GP) service items on the Medicare Benefit Schedule (MBS). These services include health assessments, chronic disease management plans, and mental health services provided by GPs.
Australians at risk from influenza are encouraged to obtain free vaccination, with more than six million doses of the latest influenza vaccines available under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) in 2019.
The Australian Government has issued a statement of support for the Australian Advisory Board on Technology and Healthcare Competitiveness.