BUPA calls for GPs to write 'open' referrals


GPs should write “open” referrals for patients so they can shop around for their own preferred specialist, says Australia’s biggest health insurer.

The controversial pitch has been made by BUPA, which says patients want the freedom to visit multiple specialists before making their choice of doctor without having to return to the GP for another referral. 

“The way in which specialist referral and pricing currently operates inhibits consistency, cohesion and transparency and does not operate in the best interests of consumers