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[mass noun] The practice, among doctors, of choosing to be paid reduced fees directly by the government rather than bill patients fully and bear the cost of billing:‘we've seen dramatic falls in bulk billing under this government’
- ‘GPs who rely on bulk billing have welcomed the package.’
- ‘There were many reasons why doctors were abandoning bulk billing.’
- ‘These doctors are to be located at public hospitals in areas where bulk billing rates are lowest.’
- ‘Over 70 percent of all health services that are eligible for government rebates are currently paid for via bulk billing.’
- ‘The fall in bulk billing was closely related to tightening supply of medical practitioners.’
- ‘Labor outlined a plan to put GPs in hospitals to target the shortage of bulk billing doctors.’
- ‘A move away from bulk billing by local doctors has made it difficult for low-income earners to access health care according to local patients.’
- ‘We don't think bulk billing should be compulsory.’
- ‘It's about trying to ensure that bulk billing is available.’
- ‘Bulk billing remains a key election issue.’
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