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Verification of the facts of the federal election: detailed information on the rate of mass accounts in Australia

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To understand the health economy in Australia, it is not necessary to be a brain, but it will probably help in microscopic examination of conflicting claims by politicians.

It can help to have a scalpel on hand to cut through headlines that often obscure the full picture.

For example, mass bill rates are a key indicator of access to health care. The coalition claims they are at a record high, while Labor say it is harder and more expensive to see a doctor than ever before. Both statements cannot be correct.

Retired Health Minister Greg Hunt, who will be replaced by Anne Rustan if the coalition is re-elected, boasted in March that “the number of Australians receiving essential medical care at their own expense continues to grow.”

“GP mass account ratios remain at a record high of 88.4% … In 2021 calendar year, the GP mass account rate was 88.7%, which is 6.9% higher than in 2012 (at work)” .

https://thewest.com.au/politics/federal-election/federal-election-fact-checker-drilling-down-on-australias-bulk-billing-rate-c-6721705

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