Hospital handovers should come with extra funding for GP care: RACGP

It says GP follow-up could significantly reduce hospital readmissions and ease pressures on emergency services

Patients who attend ED or are hospitalised unexpectedly should be eligible for Medicare-funded GP health assessments after their visit, the RACGP says.

Doctor reassures patient

It’s lobbying the Federal Government to make the “GP follow-up consults” available to patients within seven days of discharge from an unplanned hospital stay.  

The consults would be covered by the health assessment items 701 ($61.75), 703 ($143.50), 705 ($198) and 707 ($279.70).

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