Economics undermine after-hours lure

CONTROL of after-hours primary care is being returned to GPs in a back-to-the-future move that practice principals are advised to study carefully. 

The after-hours Practice Incentives Programme being adopted on 1 July offers a top payment for round-the-clock coverage that’s more than five times the miserly $2 flat rate (per weighted average patient) under the PIP system scrapped in 2013.

Dr Paul Mara, a GP in Gundagai, NSW, says the more generous scheme will help build up the rural workforce, coming on top of other targeted incentives.

“For practices in the bush providing full-time care,

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