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Australia's plan to reduce drug spending attacked by doctors

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.937 (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:937
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The federal government has been attacked by the Australian Medical Association for its plan to curb the costs of prescription drugs by giving doctors' groups financial incentives to recommend fewer drugs and opt for cheaper generic medicines.

    The pilot programme will be run by the Australian Division of General Practice, with half the money saved by cutting the use of drugs prescribed under the pharmaceutical benefits scheme going to umbrella groups called general practice divisions.

    The programme is designed to reduce the escalating cost in running the scheme, which now amounts to more than £1.5bn ($2.2bn; …

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