Better Access: Psychologists want GP referrals to be scrapped

It comes as the government launches a review into the role of GPs in scheme

Clinical psychologists say patients should not need a GP referral to receive Medicare rebates to fund their consults, at least for their first three therapy sessions.    

Psychology session

The Australian Psychological Society says the current system is creating bottlenecks and that direct access to Medicare funding would fast-track patient care and “ease pressure” on GPs.  

“Additional red tape is potentially stopping [a lot of people] from getting treatment or stopping them from getting