GPs under pressure to cut costs and boost bookings

NEARLY half of health professionals in a recent survey said they lost sleep over government plans to overhaul Medicare, and one in seven reported a drop in patients amid a media furore over the reforms. 

The survey of 423 health professionals, including 214 GPs and 134 practice managers, also revealed a sense of mounting financial pressures but a surprisingly low take-up of new efficiency measures such as online bookings and automated reminders.

The survey was conducted by software vendor MedicalDirector in February, before the second version of the shelved GP co-payment was dumped.

More than 38% of

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