GPs struggle to keep ‘doors open’

Medicare cuts to patients “have not kept pace” with the cost of “providing high-quality comprehensive care”, says Australian Medical Association vice-president Dr Danielle McMullen.

“GPs have increasingly struggled to keep their doors open, providing this care to patients at little or no cost,” he told Sky News Australia.

“We are seeing the cost of consultations increase and the out-of-pocket cost for patients increase.

“The government needs to step in here to make general practice more affordable for patients, and that’s where we see we need some action in the short term to make sure we can continue to provide care, especially for our most vulnerable patients.” .

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