$80 for 90 minutes' work: GP in stand-off with Centrelink

He wants proper remuneration for compiling complex medical reports

A GP is calling on Centrelink to properly remunerate doctors for their work in completing complex, time-consuming medical reports, after he was offered just $80 for 90 minutes’ work.

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Dr Arthur Chesterfield-Evans has taken his case to the Commonwealth Ombudsman, after he spent 30 minutes on the phone to Centrelink regarding a patient, then more than an hour answering the agency’s written medical questions. 

“It is just not reasonable to do that for $80,” the Sydney GP says. 

“GPs are getting a terrible deal from this. It is part of the general downgrading of

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