What the RACGP's new practice standards mean for GPs

They'll be required to warn patients about out-of-pocket costs related to referrals.

GPs will be required to warn patients about potential out-of-pocket costs associated with their referrals under the RACGP’s new practice accreditation standards released this week.


GPs will not be expected to give detailed costs of specialists or other providers’ services before making referrals.

However, the new standards say GPs must ensure patients are informed of potential hip pocket costs for a specialist consult or investigation.