Let specialists extend GP referrals after they expire, says thinktank

The Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research estimates at least a third of GP referrals are 'repeats'

Specialists should be allowed to extend the expiry date on formal referrals from GPs when they consider the patient requires their on-going care, a leading healthcare thinktank says.

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Canberra's Deeble Institute claims that of the 15 million referrals written by GPs each year, at least one third are repeats needed purely because a previous referral had expired.

This 'paperwork' was usually being driven by demands from non-GP specialists for new referrals so they could claim initial consult MBS items which attract higher rebates.

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