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By Rhiannon Riches
Assistant Editor


Optometry services bulk-billed in the past financial year were lower than in the previous corresponding period, Medicare statistics show.

In the 2015-2016 financial year, the bulk-billing rate was 93.8 per cent, compared to 95.4 per cent in the 2014-2015 financial year.

The 2014-2015 financial year included six months before sweeping changes, including a five per cent cut in the rebate, were introduced to Medicare on 1 January 2015.

End of financial year Medicare billing data

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