Australia

Feb 24, 2017

Fee-gouging medical specialists must be brought to heel

There is little sign that the Australian government, or the opposition, is considering ways to redress specialist fee exploitation.

So much of the public attention is on care in general practice, but specialist healthcare has some very serious problems. The first is excessive remuneration of many specialists. In some cases it could only be described as greed. The second is the lack of accountability for care by many specialists and the unwillingness of their organisations to tackle the problem. 

Remuneration

Specialists in Australia, on average, earn about twice as much as GPs. Survey data shows that average earnings of GPs in 2012 was $194,000. For specialists, it was $360,000.

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