GP business model heading over a cliff, study finds

THE traditional style of general practice will plunge over a cliff in a few years if the MBS rebate freeze and current care and payment models remain in place, a report predicts.

The discussion paper, by the Menzies Centre for Health Policy and the WentWest Primary Health Network, points to the futility of fiddling at the margins with the GP business model under pressure from a growing burden of chronic and complex disease. 

"We’ve been playing around at the margins for years with changing MBS items to pay for