GP red tape to be reviewed

The AMA has submitted six reform proposals in areas where it says red tape is “strangling” medical practice and creating unnecessary burdens on the health system.

“AMA research shows that a large number of GPs spend up to nine hours or more each week meeting their red tape obligations,” AMA vice-president Dr Stephen Parnis said.

“Every hour a GP spends doing paperwork equates to around four patients who are denied access to their doctor.”

The peak doctors’ group has submitted its plan to MP Josh Frydenberg, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is co-ordinating the campaign against red tape.

The AMA says the government should adopt a single provider number for each GP instead of requiring doctors to apply for a new number for each workplace location – a process that takes two weeks and prevents hiring at short notice.

It proposes a unique, portable number for