GP battles specialists over indefinite referrals

A Victoria-based doctor has hit out at specialists’ attempts to get more money from Medicare through their refusal to accept “indefinite” referrals for her patients.

The GP, who does not want to be identified, said she was just one of an ever-growing number of GPs now being asked not to write “indefinite’ referrals for chronically ill patients who need ongoing specialist management.

“It is an enormous bugbear and it’s getting worse with more and more patients being told by specialists they don’t accept indefinite referrals,” she