No matter how popular bulk billing is with patients, more and more GPs strive to work in a mixed billing practice. However, we believe it is not easy to make a clear case either for or against mixed billing.
So, what are the pros and cons of mixed billing?
|Pros for Mixed Billing||Cons for Mixed Billing|
|GPs sometimes feel more appreciated for their work||Patients are more likely to visit you 2 or 3 times per year rather than regular comprehensive visits and are Patients are less likely to come back for further investigation of symptoms due to costs|
|Higher fee per consultation||Building a patient base usually takes around 6-12 months|
|Financial freedom to spend longer with patients||Patients are likely to come with a list of multiple items per consultation|
|GPs can see less patients per hour||Patients are less likely to come back for further investigation of symptoms|
|Increased ability to get to know patients on a personal level||Less likely to get “walk-in” patients|
Apart from the above pros and cons that come straight to your mind. There are some other points you should consider before moving to a mixed billing clinic:
Are you unsure whether a bulk billing or mixed billing will be the right fit for you? Contact Alecto for a confidential discussion on 1800 604 332 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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