Half of GPs say staying open is financially unsustainable as Medicare rebate fails

Sydney Morning Herald

28 September 2022 - Staying in general practice is financially unsustainable for almost half of the nation’s GPs due to the increasing costs of providing healthcare and the growing numbers of patients with complex conditions.

A new report from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners surveyed 3219 GPs across Australia and was conducted between April and May this year. It found roughly half of respondents avoided providing certain services – such as mental health consultations – or avoided claiming those rebates for fear of being accused of not complying with Medicare rules.

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