GP performance pay doesn't work: expert

Renewed interest in pay-for-performance schemes in Australian general practice is misguided, an expert argues, warning there is evidence they may skew treatment towards conditions for which an incentive is offered.

The RACGP recently released a list of 22 clinical indicators that measure the performance of practices, sparking concerns about a move toward funding doctors in return for hitting clinical targets.

The college has stressed the indicators — which include measures such as audits of antibiotic prescribing — would be strictly voluntary,