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Are AHPRA’s Big Brother powers justified?

Since its inception, AHPRA has been able to access both doctor and patient metadata without a warrant. Australian Doctor investigates the investigators to find out if this power is justified. There has been a big political stink over the state’s access to metadata: the details about when and where individuals make a call, send a... Continue reading
Posted in Business, Front Page News

Why are GPs still bulk-billing at record levels?

So what is going on? The Medicare rebate freeze is still inflicting an icy bite on general practice. Its teeth have been in place, save a few short breaths, since 2013, when the policy with all its political utility was employed by the Labor Government. During that time you could count the rebate increases for... Continue reading
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AMA rejects private sector funds for GP training

The AMA has rejected a controversial plan for the private sector to help pay for GP training, saying it shows the Federal Government is “stepping away” from its core health funding responsibilities. The push to get the private sector — most likely corporate GP practices — to contribute to the $50,000 per annum cost of... Continue reading
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Rebate cuts on short consults have merit: RACGP

The RACGP says the attempt to stop GPs from claiming level B rebates for consultations lasting less than 10 minutes has "merit" — despite resulting in the loss of millions in general-practice funding. As part of the Federal Government's co-payment reforms, from 19 January, doctors would have to claim a level A rebate worth $16.95... Continue reading
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Propaganda war? Govt ad campaign on $3.5b GP cuts

A publicly funded advertising campaign will be unveiled to win Senate support for the government's revamped Medicare co-payment plan. Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited a research institute on Wednesday, a day after announcing he had backed down on the original GP co-payment removing another of his policy "barnacles". The policy will be replaced by a... Continue reading
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Push for return to after-hours PIP

Doctor groups have called for a return to Practice Incentives Program payments for GP after-hours services in an effort to wrest payments back from Medicare Locals and the incoming Primary Health Networks. GPs should be funded directly for after-hours care, the RACGP, RDAA and AMA argued in separate submissions to Health Minister Peter Dutton's review... Continue reading
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