Fee gap for standard GP consult creeps up, again
The gap between the AMA recommended fee and the Medicare rebate for a standard GP consult has blown out to $42 — up nearly $15 in 10 years.
In its latest list of fees, the AMA suggests GPs should charge $79 for a standard consult — twice the Medicare rebate, which currently sits at just $37.05.
The formula used by the AMA to increase fees each year is meant to reflect the true cost pressures facing medical practices.
Medicare rebates are indexed according to the Department of Finance’s wage cost index 5 (WCI 5