Town fears GP exodus after loss of rural status

UPDATED: 18 September 

A country town fears it could face a doctor drought after losing its rural classification.

While the Federal Government’s rural classification shake-up in July was lauded by many as a move to a fairer system, a town in northern NSW has emerged as one of the biggest losers, with its GPs now missing out on tens of thousands of dollars in incentive payments each year.

GPs in Murwillumbah fear the change will spark an exodus of doctors to neighbouring towns that still attract extra payments