We can increase GP funding, say insurers

Private health funds say they want to “explore” ways they can fund GP care which delivers improved patient outcomes.

There has been a long-running debate among the country’s largest health insurers about expanding their role into primary care — fuelled by a desire to contain their $16 billion bill for hospital care.

Dr Michael Armitage, CEO of Private Healthcare Australia, claims an additional $2 billion a year could be available to general practice on top of the $6