Urgent fix needed for flawed classification system

The controversial geographically-based classification system is continuing to hamper the efforts of rural communities to recruit and retain much-needed GPs, doctors groups warn.

The AMA and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) say the Australian Standard Geographic Classification - Remoteness Areas system is so flawed that it confuses towns with cities and specialists with GPs.

Yet its primary reason for being is to determine the level of incentives available to doctors who relocate or continue to practise in