RACGP lapse leaves thousands of GPs vulnerable to prosecution

GPs have been free to agree on prices within a practice since the RACGP obtained authority on their behalf from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) a decade ago. But the college let its authority lapse last year, leaving GPs who do not bulk bill vulnerable to ACCC scrutiny.

Earlier this month, the AMA stepped in with its own request to the ACCC for permission for its member GPs – exclusively – to set prices in a practice and collectively bargain for visiting medical officer (VMO) pay and after hours fees from Medicare Locals.

Dr Brian Morton, chair of the AMA Council of General

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