I have a brilliantly empathetic medical team,with not only my gp,but also my specialists bulk billing me.They have done this for as long as I can remember. I would be extremely broke as well as sick otherwise!!!
I've used many GPs who don't bulk bill, but have found one I LOVE who bulk bills us because we have a health care card. Which is luck because the children have both needed to go a few times in the last few months.
Gosh Flaga, I have to be absolutely on my last legs to go to the doctor and my husband and daughter are the same. You have to be very lonely to go to a doctor all the time if it isn't absolutely necessary.
I phrased my answer badly what I meant was that some Doctors who use bulk billing have a patient come back to see them when not needed , ie blood tests they have you came back to get the results when you go in to see doctor after waiting an hour to an hour and a half in a germ laden waiting room to find out that nothing is wrong, all good. all done in about 5 mins. then bulk billed for a visit which was not needed. years ago the Doctors office would phone if a visit was needed. I could give other examples of doctors abusing the system of bulk billing . ( note, not all doctors are like this, and the Doctor I now go to does not abuse the system, in any way )
as I said the doctor will have you attend as he knows that you will possibly not object as it will be bulk billed.
We pay a small gap at our drs., but thankfully, we dont have to visit on a too frequent basis.
I'd rather we were bulk blled, but our last dr. who did is too far away now that we've moved address.
I do have a friend who will not pay anything, anywhere towards her medical needs, but cant resist yet another pair of shoes, even if they cost the earth. Different priorities than me. But,I do question dr. if we think we're being referred on for some test that we dont think is absolutely necessary, because that does make the cost of health here high.