Concern over IPN–Medibank partnership

Medibank Private is being accused of sidestepping the law by offering its members free and prioritised GP consults with one of the country's largest corporates.

GPs are also concerned the insurer's partnership with IPN has the potential to break down well-established doctor–patient relationships, with Medibank Private customers feeling pressured to switch GPs.

The insurer has begun writing to its customers in Brisbane's northern suburbs — where a trial of the offer is currently underway — guaranteeing bulk-billed consults within 24 hours at nearby