Gunnedah GP's priority appointment fee sparks mixed reaction

POLL: Would you consider charging regular patients an annual or one off fee in return for providing priority access to appointments?

It’s understood Dr Chris Gittoes, one of five doctors at the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre, has sent letters to his patients explaining that critical doctor shortages in the region had prompted him to offer patients a fee of $140 fee to obtain an appointment ahead of other patients who have not agreed to become regular