Scramble to finalise after-hours contracts

The 61 MLs officially become after-hours funders from Monday, rather than Medicare, in a move designed to make the management of after-hours less centralised and more aligned with individual populations.

But that means GPs must agree to contracts offered by their ML rather than receive set amounts from Medicare.

Chair of the AMA’s Council of General Practice Dr Brian Morton said most GPs in metropolitan areas used deputising services for after-hours, which would be unlikely to change fees in a contract with an ML.

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