Push for specialist fees database

Giving GPs access to a database of specialist fees is being pushed as a way to help patients avoid hefty out-of-pocket costs.

Political heat over specialist fees has been increasing as the Federal Government introduces new legislation designed to save $270 million by rolling back the Medicare Safety Net. 

Providing GPs with a postcode list of average fees charged by local specialists is being sold by health economists as the “missing link” to ensure patients can shop around. 

The idea was presented to politicians at a Community Affairs Legislation Committee hearing last week.

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