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Where you can get free health checks in Perth

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GPs across WA have been ditching bulk billing in droves, with recent research showing many patients are now putting off visiting their GP due to the out-of-pocket costs.

According to a CommBank insights report, 71 per cent of Australians have delayed or cancelled healthcare appointments over the past year, with affordability cited as a key reason.

One in three patients also reported experiencing “bill shock” from unexpected charges and out-of-pocket expenses.

However, WA pharmacists say there are ways Australians with minor illness and concerns can save money and access affordable, and even free, health services.

Pharmacies such as Priceline, Amcal, Blooms The Chemist and TerryWhite have been expanding their roles to provide services such as diabetes risk assessments, cholesterol checks, anaemia screenings and heart health checks.

Perth pharmacist Andria Aird told PerthNow a range of free health checks were available at community pharmacies including blood pressure evaluations, diabetes monitoring and stroke risk assessments.

She said pharmacists could determine whether customers are at risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

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