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RACGP Vision: General practice vision

When RACGP President Dr Frank R Jones took to the stage at the recent Conference for General Practice – GP15 – he spoke about what had been achieved in the year since he had attended GP14 as a new president.

‘Twelve months on, I am proud to refl ect on the many achievements of the RACGP, most notably the development of our alternative funding model, Vision for a sustainable health system,’ he told conference attendees.

That draft model was first circulated to RACGP members in early 2015 and released for public consultation in April. More than 1000 GPs, health organisations, patients and other stakeholders provided vital feedback, with the finalised Vision for general practice and a sustainable healthcare system (the Vision) officially released at GP15.

‘Fee-for-service works well for any consultation or healthcare service that requires the patient be in the room with their GP, and is as efficient as it has ever been,’ Dr Jones said. ‘However, it doesn’t work well for a range of patient services and public health activities with proven benefits that reduce overall cost to the health system.