Coalition promises to ‘rebuild general practice’, reduce red tape

Coalition health spokesperson Peter Dutton told delegates at the Rural Medicine 2011 conference in Alice Springs last week that his priority in a Coalition government would be to “rebuild general practice” and examine ways to “strengthen the remuneration model, particularly for rural generalists”.

“There is a compelling case to examine the structure of the MBS for rural procedural items,” Mr Dutton said.

“The Coalition will also reduce red tape by simplifying GP management plans, team care arrangements and referral practices,” he said.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said there was a stark difference in attitudes to the MBS between the government and the Opposition, and Mr Dutton’s comments were “totally in contrast to the government’s trashing of the mental health rebates”.

A spokesperson for Health Minister Nicola Roxon however doubted the Opposition’s