RACGP unveils new GP funding model vision
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched a new GP funding model vision on the first day of its annual conference.
RACGP President Dr Frank R Jones unveiled the vision this morning, saying it was developed in consultation with over 1000 GPs, stakeholders and community groups.
Titled Vision for general practice and a sustainable health system, the document introduces the concept of the ‘medical home’ for patients.
It would require a patient to register with a GP so their medical management can be tailored for them.
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The intention of the model is to improve integration of care for patients and reduce the use of inappropriate services including emergency department use and avoidable admissions.
“There has been a lack of support for chronic disease management, integration of care, prevention, continuity of care, and population health,” Dr Jones said.
“This has led to fragmentation of care, which results in the duplication of patient services and testing, unnecessary care, loss of a coordination, and poorer health outcomes for patients. The consequences are unnecessary hospital presentations and admissions, costing our health system more than $3 billion per year.”
The vision includes a comprehensiveness payment to GPs and general practice teams and coordination support payments to help bridge the gap between hospitals and primary healthcare.
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