Behind The News - 10 July 2012

EVERYONE agrees after hours arrangements need fixing, but a meeting between United General Practice Australia (UGPA) and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek has exposed some minor but significant differences in approach within general practice.

With the government to scrap Medicare-administered incentive payments for after hours practices from July 2013, UGPA – comprising the AMA, RACGP, ACRRM, RDAA, GPRA and AGPN – has questioned the change since some MLs are ‘fledgling’ organisations and some practices are currently