Increase Level B rebate by 25 per cent
Although I’m not against the idea of changing the Level B to 10 minutes (10—19 minutes), how about making it ‘revenue neutral’? If the government wishes to encourage doctors to spend longer with patients rather than churn through 10 per hour, why not make the Level B rebate 25% more, from about $39 to $49?
Why 25%? From recent studies, approximately 25% of GP consults are 6—9 minutes. That would give the same overall patient subsidy without punishing them for short consults. It