GP oversupply must be addressed, think tank says

AN OVERSUPPLY of GPs, driven largely by a continuous stream of IMGs, is hurting patient care and leading to soaring health care expenditure, a think tank says in a controversial new report.

Competition for patients among an ever-increasing number of GPs will keep bulk billing rates steady even as the Medicare rebate freeze continues to bite, the Australian Population Research Institute says.

Authors Professor Bob Birrell and Dr Mike Moynihan, former head of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria, are calling for a reduction in GP