AMA response to the Report from the General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee’s: Phase 2

22 Feb 2019

The AMA has responded to the report from the Medicare Benefits Schedule General Practice and Primary Care Clinical Committee (GPPCCC): Phase 2, welcoming its recognition of the central role of general practice in the health system and its call for a significant new investment in general practice.

The AMA is comfortable with the approach to reform adopted by the GPPCCC, which has focused on GP stewardship of the health system, strengthening the concept of the ‘usual doctor’, and supporting comprehensive patient centred multi-disciplinary care. The report from the GPPCCC recognises that high quality, patient-centred primary health care is key to improving the effectiveness of care, preventing illness, and reducing inequality, variation, and health system costs.

The AMA submission responds to each of the 18 recommendations in the GPPCCC's report. While the AMA supports much of the direction of the GPPCCC report, the AMA does have some concerns. This includes rejecting the suggested inclusion of time thresholds for standard GP consultations and GP chronic disease management plans.