Govt labelled ‘hypocritical’ over new 80-20 breach laws for PSR

Previously GPs who saw 80 or more patients on 20 days in any given year could be referred by Medicare to the Professional Services Review to determine whether inappropriate practice had occurred but the new laws make that referral automatic.

MDA National president Professor Julian Rait said it was hypocritical of the government to remove the presumption of innocence for GPs who breached the rule, when it had relied so heavily on that principle in its defence of MPs Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper.

“I accept there have