GPs want to reward loyal patients with higher rebates

The data, released by the NSW Bureau of Health Information (BHI), based on surveys completed by more than 1000 NSW patients with a chronic health condition or disability, or who rated their overall health poor, found all could identify a regular GP. 

However, only half of these believed this constituted having a ‘medical home’, which BHI chief executive Dr Diane Watson defined as a general practice that knew the patient well, provided easily accessible appointments and coordinated the patient’s care.

AMA Council of General Practice chair Dr Brian Morton said the data – which he believed could be extrapolated nationally – demonstrated a need to overhaul patient rebates to better reward patients who remained loyal to practices and to GPs who provided continuity of care to their patients.

“Patient enrolment is one way, but that does not really reward the patient,” Dr Morton told MO. “