National registration fee hike has failed to deliver

DOCTORS are paying more for less under the national registration scheme, GP leaders have claimed – warning doctors won’t stand for increased fees to pay for AHPRA’s inefficiencies.

Addressing a Federal Senate inquiry into AHPRA’s handling of the changeover to a national registration scheme, RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson said GPs paid higher registration fees under the new scheme for what was a “far less effective” process.

“If the purpose of medical registration is to allow for consistent standards and consistent and cost-effective administration, then we have failed dismally,” she said.

“The growing costs of registration are completely unacceptable given the level of competency, which is much lower than we have had previously with our state boards.”

AMA vice-president Dr Steve Hambleton agreed, saying he was “amazed” AHPRA had more trouble registering GPs