Submission on proposed changes to remuneration arrangements for surgical assistants


Advocacy Reports and submissions 2018 Reports and submissions Submission on proposed changes to remuneration arrangements for surgical assistants

Summary

27 September 2018

The RACGP has made a submission to the MBS Review Taskforce outlining concerns about proposed changes to remuneration arrangements for surgical assistants.

The RACGP sees that the proposed changes will result in significant loss of independence and future earning capacity for surgical assistants, particularly for those GPs who undertake a higher proportion of surgical assistance duties.

Our submission outlines that the proposal has a real risk of deterring GPs and other medical practitioners from undertaking surgical assistance work, which could have devastating effects for the ongoing viability of the role, and its ability to attract skilled and appropriately qualified medical professionals.