Bulk-billing clinics turning away mental health patients, says RACGP president

The college repeats demands for a new rebate worth $163 for longer consults
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Bulk-billing GPs are turning away mental health patients and may even be discouraging children from attending because longer consultations are not financially viable, according to RACGP president Dr Bastian Seidel.

It has become common practice for GPs to refuse longer appointments and to suggest mental health patients go elsewhere, says the outgoing head of the college.