Bulk Billing Rates in Australia 2018-19


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Bulk Billing rates in Australia are increasing.

Bulk Billing rates in Australia have been increasing in most states and in most types of procedure.

In 2018-19 the overall bulk billing rate was 79.2%, having risen from 74.0% in 2008-09.

A standard local GP consultation is now bulk billed in 84.9% of cases, up from 78.3% in 2008-09.

Bulk Billing is available to Australian Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents.

A quick definition of Bulk Billing is where the Doctor charges the Government for your medical care, and you pay nothing.


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Total Non-Referred Attendances (Excl Practice Nurse Items).

86.2% in 2018-19. From 79.2% in 2008-09. An increase of 8.8% over 10 years

Non-Referred Attendances – GP/VR GP.

84.9% in 2018-19. From 78.3% in 2008-09. An increase of 8.4% over 10 years

Non-Referred Attendances – Enhanced Primary Care.

97.5% in 2018-19. From 96.6% in 2008-09. An increase of 0.9% over 10 years

Non-Referred Attendances – Other.

90.2% in 2018-19. From 80.4% in 2008-09. An increase of 12.2% over 10 years

Total Non-Referred Attendances (Incl Practice Nurse Items).

86.5% in 2018-19. From 79.9% in 2008-09. An increase of 8.3% over 10 years

Non-Referred Attendances – Practice Nurse Items.

99.6% in 2018-19. From 94.8% in 2008-09. An increase of 5.1% over 10 years

Specialist Attendances.

31.5% in 2018-19. From 26% in 2008-09. An increase of 21.2% over 10 years

Obstetrics.

59.1% in 2018-19. From 33.3% in 2008-09. An increase of 77.5% over 10 years

Anaesthetics.

11% in 2018-19. From 7.6% in 2008-09. An increase of 44.7% over 10 years

Total Pathology Incl Pathology Episode Initiation and Pathology Tests.

88.7% in 2018-19. From 86.3% in 2008-09. An increase of 2.8% over 10 years

Pathology Episode Initiation.

88.8% in 2018-19. From 86.6% in 2008-09. An increase of 2.5% over 10 years

Pathology Tests.

88.6% in 2018-19. From 86.2% in 2008-09. An increase of 2.8% over 10 years

Diagnostic Imaging.

79% in 2018-19. From 66.1% in 2008-09. An increase of 19.5% over 10 years

Total Operations and Assistance at Operations.

42.7% in 2018-19. From 40.1% in 2008-09. An increase of 6.5% over 10 years

Operations.

44.5% in 2018-19. From 42% in 2008-09. An increase of 6% over 10 years

Assistance at Operations.

1.9% in 2018-19. From 1.1% in 2008-09. An increase of 72.7% over 10 years

Optometry.

94.6% in 2018-19. From 96.9% in 2008-09. A reduction of 2.4% over 10 years

Radiotherapy and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine.

74.1% in 2018-19. From 34.8% in 2008-09. An increase of 112.9% over 10 years

Allied Health.

61.2% in 2018-19. From 57.2% in 2008-09. An increase of 7% over 10 years

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