AMA to scrutinise red tape burden on family doctors

GPs have been given a chance to describe how the administrative burden of government paperwork is affecting their practice, with the AMA claiming family doctors are spending up to nine hours a week dealing with red tape.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the association had launched an online survey to find out exactly how administrative tasks were impacting on individual GPs, practices and patients.

“Research shows that family doctors are required to spend up to nine hours a week on government red tape,” he said.

“Filling in paperwork, meeting compliance requirements for government funding, and jumping through hoops to provide scripts for patients all add up to hours of work.”

Dr Hambleton said efforts to reduce red tape – such as online government forms and the addition of medicines to the PBS streamlined authority prescription