GP defends upfront ‘care plan’ fee

A GP under fire over claims he is charging up-front fees allowing patients to “jump the queue” at a new super clinic says he has been misrepresented.

Dr Chris Gittoes, one of five GPs at the Gunnedah super clinic, recently sent letters to about eight patients with the offer of becoming regular patients with preventive healthcare plans.

The initial cost would be $140, according to the letter, which made headlines after one of