Specialists to make bids for GP referrals on new website tackling 'bill shock'

Patients 'will hear from between three and five specialists', says CEO

Specialists are being invited to compete for patients' GP referrals under a new venture designed to drive down their fees.

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Known as Patient Connector, the website sends out GPs' open referrals to local specialists.

While the patient’s identity is not revealed, the specialists are invited to submit their fees along with details of their waiting times.

The patient then chooses the specialist they want.

The system was launched in Sydney last year but is now being rolled out nationally.

It will be integrated with Topbar, part of the Pen CS software

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