Long consults affected by crackdown

According to a La Trobe University study, the number of Level C and D consultations dropped substantially in the wake of threats of a crackdown on inappropriate Medicare claims by the then health minister Nicola Roxon in 2008.

And this effect was not alleviated by 2010 Medicare reforms to steer service provision away from six-minute medicine.

The retrospective analysis of Level C and D consultation provision by GPs across Australia found that although 96% participated in Level C consultations, the extent of provision per GP decreased by