by Medindia Content Team on  May 24, 2006 at 7:37 PM Hospital News
Bulk-billing rate pressure lowers hospital visits
Greater Southern Area Health plans to send people back to their local GPs to reduce pressure on the local hospitals.

Recent statistics show a fall in hospital waiting list numbers.

In contrast the health service reveals a 2.5 per cent rise in the number of people visiting emergency departments.

According to Ted Rayment this rise is due to reduction in GPs bulk-billing. It places challenge for the system to create a way so that patients were not always in the emergency department.

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