New PIP structure will boost after-hours care: AMA

NEW funding for after-hours services will empower GPs to boost continuity of care and permit more flexible arrangements without the dead hand of bureaucracy, doctors groups say.

Five levels of Practice Incentives Programme payments – ranging from $1 to $11 on the Standardised Whole Patient Equivalent (SWPE) formula – will be offered as of July to eligible general practices under the new schedule announced by Health Minister Sussan Ley. 

“The new PIP payment structure will encourage and support general