INCOME AND EXPENSES
During the 2009-10 financial year, total income of $14.7b was generated by general practice medical businesses, of which fee for service accounted for $11.1b or 75.6% of total income. Of the total fee for service $6.2b or 55.3% comprised of bulk billing payments and $3b or 26.5% was from patient payments. Other income from medical/health related services accounted for $1.2b or 8.5% of total income, and included contract income earned by medical and health practitioners contracting their services to other medical businesses, one-off incentive payments made to practitioners and a number of other health related services.
General practitioner businesses operating on 30 June 2010 generated an average income of $519,400 per business. Average fee for service income earned per practitioner was $181,600.
Total industry expenditure for general practice medical businesses was $10.2b during 2009-10. The main expense item incurred was labour costs accounting for $4.4b or 42.6% of total expenses. Other main sources of expenditure included payments to administrative businesses for support services ($1.4b or 13.9%). This indicates that a number of medical businesses utilise the services of a separate administrative company to provide support staff and pay general expenses. Contract payments to medical and health practitioners accounted for $1.3b or 12.3% of total expenses with 16.6% of total practitioners choosing to contract their services to other medical businesses.