As per their media release: "The peak body for general practitioners says a major overhaul of the current funding system for GPs must be made to protect the future of Australia’s health...'Fee for service works well for any consultation or healthcare service that requires the patient to be in the room with their GP, and is as efficient as it has ever been. In today’s dollars, the cost per Medicare service is less now than it was 20 years ago. However, it doesn’t work well for a range of patient services and public health activities with proven benefits that reduce overall cost to the health system.'
"Key features of the vision include:
- Voluntary patient enrolment: patients can enroll with a specific practice and nominate a preferred GP. This will give patients a medical home and assist general practices to tailor services to their community, while supporting patient choice and competition.
- A comprehensiveness payment to support GPs and general practice teams to operate at their full scope of practice, delivering a broad range of patient services to their communities. More patients treated in the community reduces pressure on emergency departments and hospitals.
- Coordination support payments to bridge the gap between hospitals and primary healthcare. Better coordination and integration will result in improved patient outcomes, further reducing patients presenting to Emergency Departments for care that could have been avoided."
The summary document is here.
The full document is here.