Rural generalist task force calls for rebate parity with other specialists

They would be able to claim Medicare items often worth hundreds of dollars more than an equivalent GP item

This story has been corrected. See footnote.

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Rural generalists should be given access to lucrative "specialist" Medicare items for everything from mental health to anaesthesia if they develop the skills, under draft reforms drawn up by a Federal Government committee.

The National Rural Generalist Taskforce has begun shopping around its draft recommendations to create a national model for the training, professional recognition and remuneration of rural generalists.

Currently, there are rural generalists – GPs with heavy