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Practice Incentives Program (PIP) – Procedural General Practitioner Payment

What it does

The PIP Procedural GP Payment aims to encourage GPs in rural and remote areas to maintain local access to surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric services.

For the purposes of the PIP Procedural GP Payment, a procedural GP is one who provides non-referred services, normally in a hospital theatre, maternity care setting or appropriately equipped facility, which in urban areas are typically the province of a specific referral-based specialty. These services are provided in obstetrics, surgery and anaesthetics.

Eligible procedural services

  • Obstetric delivery
  • General anaesthetic, major regional blocks
  • Abdominal surgery, gynaecological surgery requiring general anaesthetic, endoscopy.

Elements essential to procedural medicine include the use of facilities and resources which are centralised and involve a team of health professionals and the active engagement of the GP in an appropriate skills maintenance program in the relevant procedural areas.

Minor procedures, such as aspiration of a knee joint, do not fit the intent of this initiative.

What it achieves

The PIP aims to support general practice activities that encourage continuing improvements and quality care, enhance capacity, and improve access and health outcomes for patients.

The PIP Procedural GP Payment provides support to general practices in rural and remote areas to help maintain local access to surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric services.

Want more info?

Call the Department of Human Services (Medicare) 1800 222 032 between 8.30 and to 5.00pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), Monday to Friday (call charges may apply)

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