Copayments for general practice visits: How do general practitioners view this possible change in financial arrangements?

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Abstract

[Extract] How do general practitioners view this possible change in financial arrangements?

There are reasons why it may be tempting to think that imposing a copayment for visiting a general practitioner is a good idea. It could instantly reduce the number of GP consultations, perhaps conserving funds for a possibly threatened Medicare. As GPs are “gatekeepers”, and therefore a bottleneck to accessing specialist services, fewer GP services might mean fewer downstream services. It might also be one of several means of reducing overdiagnosis. But is it really this straightforward?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367
Number of pages1
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume200
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2014

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