Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The DoH Really Must Be Desperate To Have GPs Use A System Of Unproven Value.
This appeared a little while ago.
| 16 May, 2017 |
The RACGP is denying bungling the numbers as it defends its controversial budget pact with the Federal Government.
Under the “compact”, unveiled on the night of the budget, the RACGP gives the government the green light to wait until July 2018 to lift the freeze on Medicare rebates for GP consultations.
Under the deal, the rebates will rise based on an old indexation formula.
However, the formula, which will lift a level B consult by around 55 cents, has long been criticised by doctor groups for being below the actual rate of CPI (see box below).
Despite this, RACGP president Dr Bastian Seidel has defended the agreement, describing it as a major win and arguing that it represents an “ongoing guarantee of the same funding each year in real terms”.
“While this [guarantee] may seem like a step back to where we were before the big freeze, it’s a clear win for over 85% of Australians who receive preventative health services from their GPs each and every year,” Dr Seidel said in a media statement on Tuesday morning.
“Our agreement with the Australian Government to help strengthen Medicare recognises the essential role of GPs in a system that touches every Australian.”
A college spokesperson said this afternoon that "real terms" meant increases in line with wages and inflation, "not inflation alone which is higher or medical inflation which is higher still".
The AMA made a similar deal with the government, without agreeing to how rebates will be indexed once the freeze is lifted.
But AMA vice president Dr Tony Bartone said: “If funding is less than CPI, then, by definition, it is not in real terms.”
On Monday, former AMA secretary general Dr Bill Cootes warned it would add to the already heavy financial pressures on practices.
Lots more here:
Just amazing that because of a pittance of an increase in fees the College thinks that they can deliver to a desperate Department of Health more utilization of the myHR (part of the deal is that the College will promote the myHR) that GPs have already largely rejected.
If the system was any good none of this would be needed and we would not need ePIP and the like. Doesn’t the Department realise the myHR is already an obsolete, use-hostile, time wasting dud?
Remember before you can assess and financial benefits from the myHR for the Government you have to deduct all these, apparently endless, incentive costs – which must have been a fair bit by now. Anyone know the figures?
This really just goes round and round with incentives to foster use of a system which I reckon will go back to little use as soon as the payments cease. The lesson from the past has been that GPs only stick with things that help – not things that involve lots of time and effort.
Time will tell I guess! Looking from the outside this myHR is really costing a bundle!
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Wednesday, May 17, 2017