What is Bulk Billing?

Some people assume Bulk Billing is a ‘free service’ offered by Medicare, and although they aren’t entirely wrong in this assumption, there is an important distinction between ‘free’ and ‘covered’. As a Bulk Billing client, Medicare will cover the cost of your psychology sessions (capped at 10 per calendar year); that is, instead of offering a rebate to you [the client], a payment equivalent to the rebate will go to the Practitioner, directly. Essentially Medicare bears the cost on your behalf, so the service is not ‘free’, the payment is covered by the Australian Government.