ACCC rejects fee-setting proposal

The ruling, announced last week by the ACCC, comes despite GPs – under a deal secured by the AMA last year – being allowed to collectively set fees in shared practices.

The ACCC argued that with around 810 ophthalmologists working in Australia, mostly in major cities, there was a greater threat to pricing fairness.

It said there were much higher GP numbers, which reduced the likely anticompetitive effects.

“The ACCC considers that allowing