‘Broken’ GP system likely to dominate next national cabinet meeting, as state and territory leaders call for reform

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‘Broken’ GP system likely to dominate next national cabinet meeting, as state and territory leaders call for reform

State and territory leaders are urging the federal government to fix Australia’s “broken” GP system, saying they want to make healthcare the top priority of 2023’s first meeting of national cabinet.

For years doctors have been warning of a crisis in primary healthcare, with GPs struggling to meet demand.

In 2014 the Abbott government froze Medicare rebates for GP consults, and most doctors argue the rebate is not high enough to cover the costs of providing primary medical care.

This means today fewer patients are getting bulk-billed, which state leaders like Acting Queensland Premier Steven Miles say is putting pressure on hospitals instead.

“When people can’t access primary health care, they wait until it’s too late, they wait until they get sicker. And so they present to hospital at a higher level of acuity than if they were able to access good primary health care with a general practitioner,” he said.

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