You’ve got mail: a bill and some tough questions

Our accountant figures that we have been subsidising the division to the tune of well over $5000 and perhaps as much as $15,000 a year and while they provide a good, if sometimes limited, service for our patients, he cannot see why we should be footing the bill.

I’m inclined to agree, especially now the Medicare Local is no longer about supporting GPs but propping up a fairly tenuous government policy and creating an expensive and bureaucratic third wave of health funding. Medicare Locals, of course, were supposed to take