Senate inquiry report backs increased funding for GP

The report validates the AMA’s call for a fairer model of general practice fit for the future.

A Senate interim report of the Community Affairs Referrals Committee called for general increases in funding for general practice.

The committee investigated the provision of GPs and related primary health care services to metropolitan, rural and regional Australians.

The report made it clear that Medicare funding for general practice services is insufficient.

The report endorsed the AMA’s call for a new funding model and structure for GP services that is more equitable, benefiting GPs and Australians living outside metropolitan areas.

General practice has had to contend with inadequate indexation of Medicare reimbursements since the introduction of Medicare and the freezing of reimbursements for patients under both major parties.

The interim report also made other important recommendations in support of strengthening general practice. These include expanding opportunities for young doctors in training to experience general medicine while highlighting the need for employment reform for general practitioners in training, who have working conditions. jobs than their hospital colleagues.

The AMA is lobbying major parties ahead of the election to fund GP fairly and for the future.

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Norman D. Briggs