Medicare Local needs to be cut down to size

The call comes as GPs await the outcome of the federal government’s review of Medicare Locals, due to be handed down by former chief medical officer Professor John Horvath this month.

The Wheatbelt GP Network’s (WGPN) CEO, Paul West, told Medical Observer the South West WA Medicare Local (SWWAML) exemplified a nationwide problem caused by “arbitrarily placed ML boundaries”.

Despite stretching from Albany on the state’s south coast to Jurien Bay north of Perth and extending 400km inland, the SWWAML catchment area is just

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