Doctor-shopper reforms all but compel GPs to join script exchanges


More than 6000 GPs in Victoria will have to join script exchanges in order to prescribe S8 drugs and benzodiazepines under the state government's real-time prescribing reforms.

The $30 million system — Safe Script — is designed to allow doctors to identify doctor-shoppers and cut deaths from prescription drug misuse.

But it will mean that GPs in the state will be expected to join Medisecure or eRx, a consultation paper released last week confirmed.

It is believed that as few as half of GPs in Australia are currently