South Australian public hospitals stand accused of deliberately cost-shifting specialist outpatient care onto Medicare, disadvantaging patients and annoying GPs. The Rural Doctors’ Association of South Australia (RDASA) claims it has become common practice for public hospital administrators to contact GPs requesting they rewrite general referrals to outpatient services specifying the name of the specialist to ...
Hospital accused of cost-shifting specialist outpatient care
By Tessa Hoffman
3 Nov 2017