CPD fellow Jennifer Doggett has been analysing the health policies of the major parties for Crikey through the election campaign. On 15 August, she looked at general practice policy:
It’s easy to see why the Coalition’s policy to take money from primary care programs and give it to individual GP practices won’t work. We simply need to look at our current system of general practice to see where the Coalition has got it wrong.
The majority of GP services in Australia are funded via fee-for-service in GP-owned or corporatised practices.
Overall, this system has provided convenient and accessible care to many Australians much of the time. It is well designed to cope with acute and episodic care for people living in the cities who don’t have complex health or social problems.
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