Bulk Billing Rates in Australia


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Bulk Billing Rates for GP services.

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

NSW has the highest rate of GP Bulk Billing at 87.30%
ACT has the lowest at 53.70%

Bulk Billing Rates by State.

2014/15 2004/05 1994/95 Highest Rates
Aus 83.0% 72.8% 77.5% 83.0% 2014/15
NSW 87.3% 79.5% 81.4% 87.3% 2014/15
VIC 82.5% 69.9% 76.1% 82.5% 2014/15
QLD 82.3% 69.3% 78.5% 82.3% 2014/15
SA 82.1% 71.0% 71.2% 82.1% 2014/15
WA 76.0% 68.9% 76.5% 79.8% 1996/97
TAS 75.9% 65.6% 63.4% 75.9% 2014/15
NT 83.3% 60.9% 65.7% 83.3% 2014/15
ACT 53.7% 39.5% 62.7% 64.6% 1996/97

WA and ACT have both seen Bulk Billing rates higher in 1996/97 than in later years
All other states have the highest rate in the current year 2014/15

Average Patient Contributions for non Bulk Billed GP visits.

2014/15 2004/05 1994/95
Aus $ 31.36 $ 14.70 $ 7.35
NSW $ 30.39 $ 14.74 $ 7.24
VIC $ 30.74 $ 14.73 $ 7.56
QLD $ 31.82 $ 14.64 $ 7.37
SA $ 27.11 $ 13.00 $ 6.56
WA $ 34.18 $ 15.14 $ 7.35
TAS $ 32.23 $ 13.37 $ 6.75
NT $ 40.89 $ 20.11 $ 12.13
ACT $ 36.93 $ 17.87 $ 9.07

Source: health.gov.au/i…/Quarterly-Medicare-Statistics

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