Latest govt crackdown on GP phone consults a 'cheap cost-cutting tactic'

From next month, GPs will be referred to the PSR if they breach the government's new 30/20 rule

A new compliance regime where GPs claiming high numbers of Medicare-funded phone consults will be referred to the Professional Services Review has been dubbed a government cost-cutting tactic. 

From 1 July, GPs will be subject to a new 30/20 rule that means claiming 30 phone consults on 20 or more days in a 12-month period will trigger a referral to the Medicare watchdog for investigation. 

The system was meant to be in place back in January