At a certain point, BUPA's 'open referral' proposal starts to look odd
We chip away at GPs' gatekeeper role at our peril, writes Dr Justin Coleman.
When Australia’s largest private health insurer suggests a fundamental change to the referral system, alarm bells sound.
BUPA has asked the government to encourage GPs to use ‘open referrals’.
This is where a patient can visit more than one specialist before making their choice,