Retired non-VR GP hopes to restart career

A NSW GP who quit full-time practice in frustration two years ago after she was denied access to VR MBS rebates says she may finally receive justice and a chance to restart her career.

Non-VR GP Dr Karen Counter said she quit her job in 2009 after Medicare denied her ongoing access to A1 rebates despite her belief she had fulfilled the necessary requirements of a rural service scheme that would have let her retain them.

With the two-tier vocational register system set to be overhauled by the Federal Department of Health this year, Dr Counter told MO she planned to use the opportunity to reapply for access to the higher rebates. 

While her application is likely to be automatically rejected, a subsequent appeal would place her case in front of a committee which she hoped that, with the added scrutiny on the system itself, may force authorities to reconsider her 25-year career.

After working for 11 years in an area classed as a workforce

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