IPN defends Medibank deal

IPN has defended its controversial new trial with Medibank Private that offers the insurer's members free and prioritised GP consults, stressing that the goal is not to poach patients.

Under the trial, patients in Brisbane's northern suburbs are being offered guaranteeing bulk-billed consults within 24 hours at six nearby IPN clinics.

The insurer and corporate have been accused of sidestepping a law that is supposed to prevent the industry from funding GP consults, and of attempting to