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Budget 2017: RACGP, AMA to promote My Health Record under govt compacts

11 May 2017
By Kate McDonald

The two prime doctors' groups have both agreed to encourage uptake and usage of the My Health Record in return for a lifting of the freeze on MBS indexation, a reversal of the removal of indexation on bulk-billing incentives for pathology and diagnostic imaging, and dropping plans to lower rent for approved pathology collection centres.

In a series of “compacts” with Minister for Health Greg Hunt, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have agreed to a number of stances, including supporting the MBS review process, a tightening of the current MBS after-hours items and encouraging further uptake and usage of the My Health Record.

Describing it as a “landmark agreement with government”, RACGP president Bastian Seidel said it would mean decisions would no longer be made without “engagement and agreement” from general practice first.

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