GP mental health plans failing, Productivity Commission says

It says it is unclear whether higher MBS rebates for GPs are benefiting patients

The Productivity Commission is calling for a “rigorous evaluation” of the Better Access scheme, saying it remains unclear whether higher MBS rebates for GPs are benefiting patients.

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Its interim report on Australia’s over-stressed mental health system, goes on to claim that many patients are failing to access psychological therapy because of the “time, cost and effort” involved; while many others are being given “more intensive treatment than their condition necessitates”.

“It is not clear that the Mental Health Treatment Plans and the review are

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