GP mental health plans should be scrapped, says Productivity Commission

Instead it wants GPs to use an online 'referral tool' to improve care outcomes

The demand for GPs to produce mental health treatment plans for patients to access MBS-funded psychology services should be scrapped, with the Productivity Commission saying they do nothing for patients.

Released on Monday, the commission’s mammoth report into Australia’s mental health system runs to 1600 pages and calls for the referral role of GPs to be re-engineered.

More than 1.4 million care plans are drawn up each year, but the commission claims they are a tick box exercise, with no evidence that they improve mental health outcomes

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