‘We’re committed to rebuilding general practice’: Dutton

Health Minister Peter Dutton referenced “tough” budget conditions and said the current annual number of taxpayer-funded Medicare services was “not sustainable”, and that the solution involved “keeping patients treated at a primary care level wherever clinically appropriate to do so”. 

"It is a discussion about how we improve our health system to ensure we will always care for those without any means, while at the same time asking those with a capacity to pay to contribute fairly," he said. 

He flagged changes to scope of practice for health professionals, with the possibility of introducing “advanced payment models”. 

He also appeared to hint at changes to the involvement of private insurers in general practice, saying there was room for “greater support from private insurers”.

Mr Dutton dismissed super clinics as “hair brained… programs for marginal