Medicare should fund allied health referrals direct to specialists, govt review suggests

GPs are worried the move may lead to fragmentation of care and Medicare cost blowouts.
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Professor Mark Cormack. Credit: Twitter.

Specialists will be free to treat patients under Medicare without a referral from a GP, a Federal Government Scope of Practice Review has suggested.

The review, Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce, has already alarmed GPs, who say its ideas risk care fragmentation and potential cost blowouts in the Medicare budget.