Better Access cuts mean less time for care: survey

The survey of 151 GPs nationwide, conducted by Cegedim market research company, found 49% said the controversial Better Access cuts, which took effect last November, had affected how they “treat or manage mental health cases”.

It found 46% of GPs surveyed reported reducing mental health related consultation times, 47% reported cutting their bulk billing rate and/or establishing gap fees for mental health cases, and 40% had cut their claiming of Better Access item numbers.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the survey showed patients were missing out.

“The longer you spend with a

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