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Practice Incentives Programme (PIP) - Rural Loading
What it doesPractices participating in the PIP with a main practice location situated outside capital cities and other major metropolitan centres are automatically paid a rural loading.
The rural loading recognises the difficulties of providing care, often with little professional support, in rural and remote areas. The PIP Rural Loading is higher for practices in more remote areas, in recognition of the added difficulties of providing medical care.
The PIP Rural Loading is applied to all PIP practice payments. Service Incentive Payments (SIPs) do not attract a rural loading.
Practice eligibilityTo be eligible for the PIP Rural Loading:
- the practice must participate in the PIP
- the main practice location must be in an eligible rural or remote area (i.e. RRMA 3-7).
What it achievesThe 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 rural loading payment recognises the difficulties of providing care, often with little professional support, in rural and remote areas.