After-hours home visits fall 40%

The GP deputising industry says it is facing a triple threat: rebate reductions, the pandemic and a recruitment crisis

GP deputising services are struggling to survive following a triple hit from rebate cuts, a recruitment crisis and plunging demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr Lee Fong
Dr Lee Fong.

Medicare figures show claims for after-hours home visits fell 40% last year, with doctors billing fewer than a third of the number of items they did in 2017.

Dr Nathan Pinskier says last year’s drop-off may have been partly offset by the

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