RACGP warns price setting plan to hit morale

In a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)last week, the college said that while collective fee-setting was essential to general practice, any proposal that gave permission to some doctors but not others would mean:

  • AMA member GPs being unable to agree on fees with other GPs in the practice, undermining team cohesion and morale
  • Less collaboration between GPs and less continuity of care
  • Confusion among patients about variable fees, thus decreasing access
  • Practice software might not be equipped