Another GP policy fail as PIP revamp is shelved


The biggest ever revamp of the $300 million Practice Incentives Program will be shelved for at least a year amid fears it would have triggered mass closures of GP practices.

The reforms, designed to set the foundations for pay-for-performance in general practice (see box), have instead become the latest GP policy flop for the Federal Government, coming in the wake of the delayed Health Care Homes trial and the botched roll-out of the cervical screening register.

From May, a number of the current PIP incentives — covering asthma, quality prescribing,