Government ‘clueless’ on impact of incentive payments cessation

The comments followed the news that a Brisbane based GP deputising service, Family Care Medical Services (FCMS), had struck a deal with health fund HCF in which the fund will pay a retainer to FCMS so that after-hours call-outs for HCF members can be bulk billed.

HCF managing director Shaun Larkin said the FCMS deal underscored the “holistic view” the company took of its members’ health. FCMS CEO Stuart Tait said the deal was “a method of services adapting to the new environment because the GPs are having their after-hours PIP stolen from them”.

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