Health leaders back performance-based pay

SOME of Australia’s leading healthcare experts have called for immediate funding changes to the healthcare system, including a suggestion for GPs to receive extra payment for improved patient health. 

A report from the George Institute for Global Health has made seven recommendations, including a blended payment system, echoing similar suggestions from the federal government’s discussion paper launched last week.

It also calls for a broader range of capitation-based payments promoting patient-centred care to be added to the current fee-for-service, stating “the role of