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 ophthalmology practices to set common fees for services within each shared practice