The small-town practice facing $100k Medicare funding cut

A new modelling system is causing headaches for a remote practice with no town water or sewerage

An “obviously rural” practice operating with no town water, sewerage or street lights — and located 45 minutes from the nearest hospital — is crying foul after health officials declared it was in a major city for Medicare purposes.

Rural stock

The Tamborine Mountain Medical Practice in the Gold Coast hinterland stands to lose more than $100,000 in bulk-billing incentives and rural loadings payments after being reclassified as metropolitan by the Department of Health.

From July, the department is changing the map it uses to determine which practices can