ACCC – GP feedback needed
The AMA holds an ACCC authorisation allowing general practices to engage in intra-practice price setting.
This means that GPs throughout Australia who practise as separate entities in a single practice can legally engage in:
- intra-practice price setting;
- collective bargaining, as a single practice, in relation to the provision of VMO Services to public hospitals; and
- collective bargaining, as a single practice, with Primary Health Networks.
This authorisation expires next year, with the AMA having lodged an application to renew the authorisation for a further ten years.
The ACCC is keen to hear about examples of where general practices have used this authorisation, particularly in relation to collective bargaining with public hospitals for VMO services as well as Primary Health Networks (including the former Medicare Locals).
If members have any feedback, please email it to email@example.com.
The AMA can use this information in further discussions with the ACCC over the benefits of the authorisation, including in a de-identified fashion.