Medicare Locals here to stay, at what price?
A ‘network’ has become an ‘alliance’, but are patients seeing any real benefit? The short answer, in the view of the AMA Council of General Practice (AMACGP), is a categorical ‘NO’.
The AMA has been a critic of Medicare Locals since the idea was floated. But we are realistic - it would be costly to unwind Medicare Locals at this late stage. The way ahead for primary care is to manage and shape Medicare Locals to ensure they deliver the best, most appropriate care.