Unforeseen costs in diabetes pilot a risk

GPs signing up to the pilot of the Government’s controversial diabetes scheme should be granted extra funding to cover unforeseen costs, experts have argued, otherwise they may face financial losses.

Writing in the MJA, University of WA associate professor of general practice Douglas Pritchard said practices and patients – not the Government – were bearing most of the financial risk.

“Practices that commit to registering patients should be supported to manage set-up costs associated with registering patients and managing funds,” he argued. 

“Extra funding for unexpected increases in demand for services should be negotiable if practices are to be confident of continuing to meet service obligations.”

Participating practices will receive $1200 for each registered patient, comprising $250 for allied healthcare services and $950 for a year of services to the patient. 

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