Here's what the Federal Budget means for GPs
The freeze on GP attendance rebates has ended without fanfare but rural general practice is set to receive a major shake-up, with the Federal Government unveiling new GP incentives and restrictions on IMG visas.
The government says it will spend $83 million over five years on a package of reforms intended to attract more doctors to rural areas — and keep those who are already there.
But it is also expecting to save $415 million over the same period by cutting visas to IMG doctors wanting to work as GPs.
From the start of next year, the number of new