Intra-practice price setting gets ACCC’s tick

GPs working in the same practice will be able to set their fees collectively without fear of being prosecuted for price fixing, under a draft decision by the consumer watchdog.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Wednesday it planned to authorise an application by the AMA that would allow intra-practice price setting, and also enable GPs in the same practice to negotiate collectively with hospitals and Medicare Locals on fees.