Call to split level B for longer standard consults

The AMA wants a new intermediate attendance item between levels B and C

The Medicare items for Level B attendances should be split to reimburse GPs who spend more time with their patients, the AMA says.

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AMA president Dr Tony Bartone is calling for the introduction of a new intermediate time tier, to support GPs who spend an extra couple of minutes with complex patients, but not enough time to claim a Level C attendance.

He says the new item would disrupt the "crazy" current system that penalises GPs for taking time on their standard consults, with six-minute attendances attracting the same rebate as those that take 19 minutes.

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