Behind The News - 23 October 2012

The AMA and the RACGP are locked into delicate negotiations over the matter of letting GPs within a practice agree on the fees they charge.

Until last year the college had special permission from the ACCC to let all GPs collectively set prices, sidestepping tough competition laws. But the RACGP let that authority lapse and now the AMA is attempting to take it up – but only for its own members.

The college warns a divided price-setting system could affect team cohesion and even access for patients, but has vowed to work with the AMA to resolve the matter.

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