AHPRA fee hike draws GP wrath

A $20 increase in registration fees – likely to provide a boost of almost $1.5 million to the coffers of the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) – has outraged GPs and doctors’ groups still smarting from the disastrous change­over to a national scheme.

AHPRA announced last week it would raise the renewal fee for most medical practitioner registration categories from $650 to $670 – a rise of 3.1% – as well as reinstate a late renewal surcharge of 25%. 

A “fast track” surcharge of 50% for practitioners whose registration lapsed but was reapplied for within a month of the late period ending will also be added.

AMA vice-president Dr Geoffrey Dobb said any extra cost after registration fees rose on average by 85% last year was outrageous.

“This is taxation without representation. There is no transparency. AHPRA is a black box out of which the fee increase has come with no way for us to tell