GPs told to restrict ATAPS referrals

A Medicare Local has told its GPs to restrict the number of disadvantaged patients they refer to its ATAPS program in an attempt to avert a budget blow-out.

Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local wrote to doctors last month [PDF], telling them they could only make a maximum of three referrals over a six month period to the Access To Psychological Services program.

The move has raised questions about the adequacy of ATAPS funding and whether GPs should be left with the responsibility of deciding