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Government finally bows to pressure

to review GP classification system

After months of inaction, the Morrison-Joyce Government has finally bowed to pressure and agreed to review its classification system for GPs across Australia.

6 September 2021

 

CHANGES to the Distribution Priority Area Indicator under this Government have left many outer-suburbs, the Central Coast andrural and regional communities with a critical lack of GPs.

It has never been more difficult or more expensive to see a doctor than it is under Scott Morrison. 

Now that the Government has recognised this issue, it is crucial that they act quickly and conduct a review as soon as possible, in conjunction with the Senate Inquiry into GP shortages.

The review must be transparent, and GPs must be included in the process. 

They are trusted medical professionals who see first-hand how GP shortages are affecting Australians, local practices, and communities. 

In the meantime, the Government has introduced the ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ Application, which will allow practices to seek a review into their DPA status in real time, but more needs to be done.

The Government must put emergency measures in place to ensure all Australians have quick and easy access to healthcare in their own communities. 

As recently as June, the Morrison-Joyce Government made almost 1000 changes to Medicare without sufficient consultation.

The razor cuts to Medicare are unacceptable and the health system must be able to guarantee that all Australians have access to a GP.

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