Practice cuts support to ML over rent stoush

Rural NSW GP Dr Paul Mara said rising costs meant his Gundagai Medical Centre could no longer justify offering free clinic space to a psychologist, dietitian and diabetic educator under various programs run by Murrumbidgee Medicare Local (MML).

“Essentially we’ve been subsidising services from the division for a number of years,” Dr Mara told MO.

“But this increase in costs and the failure of the Medicare Local to find a place within their budget to pay rent, and our costs just going up and up and