Perhaps you’ve heard that Australia’s cost of living is high, and are concerned about whether your income will compensate you for this? This page discusses Australian general practitioners’ salaries and gives guidance as to what GPs coming from overseas may expect by way of remuneration.
Generally, Australia is more affordable to live in than most other countries due to a lower cost of living. But more importantly, they are not paid a salary! Instead, they are paid a percentage of what they bill. So technically, we are talking about your earnings, rather than a salary. Your percentage of earnings will be set out in your contract terms. Here are some of the factors that will impact your earnings.
For our national calculations, we have assumed 40 hours a week. The more hours you work the more you earn.
Bulk-billing practices average 5-6 consultations per hour, mixed billing is a little less, perhaps 4-5 per hour.
Most practices pay 60-65%. 70% is rare and usually only available at newly established, bulk billing practices.
For our calculations we have assumed 4 weeks of leave, which is about average for a full-time GP.
$412,800For our bulk-billing calculations, we have used an average consultation fee of $45 for bulk billing. The normal rebate is $37 however you may have extra billable items (such as pap smears, health care plans, suturing, etc). You may also charge patients a higher fee for longer consultations. Generally, Australia has moved to a focus on bulk billing, therefore, you may earn more at a bulk billing clinic due to higher patient numbers.
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