The Abbott Government has dealt another body blow to the Hunter’s health system by suddenly disallowing Medicare rebates for services performed by Practice Nurses in GP surgeries.
The Rural Doctors Association expressed surprise at the decision and said it: “will place even more pressure on already overworked rural doctors to meet patient demand for services”
They went on to say: “The decision will impact on the most vulnerable in our community – the disabled, the young and the aged”
Practice nurses not only take the pressure off GPs, they make an integrated inter-disciplinary approach to primary health care possible.
It’s hard enough to attract GPs to rural and regional areas. This decision will make it harder again.