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Australian GPs face red tape crisis, commission says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.950/d (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:950
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    A federal government think tank has recommended that the state should compensate doctors for administrative red tape, which it estimates costs the average Australian GP more than A$13 000 (£5050; $8050; €7300) a year.

    The Productivity Commission's groundbreaking report into the administrative and compliance costs of general practice found that such demands amounted to 5% of GP's estimated income, or a total of A$228m.

    The commission also found that the burden of surveys, form filling, and general paperwork caused major costs in the form of stress but said it was unable to quantify …

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