AMA calls for extra funding for PIPQII Incentive
AMA President, Dr Tony Bartone, has written to the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, calling for an extra $44m per annum in funding to the Practice Incentive Program to support the introduction of the proposed Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement Incentive (PIPQII).
Despite long standing concerns having been expressed by the AMA, the Government is currently proposing to fund the PIPQII by abolishing of a number of other worthwhile PIP incentive payments, such as the Aged Care Access Incentive (ACAI). The ‘cost-neutral’ approach to funding quality improvement will leave practices on average worse off by $3,000-$4,000 per annum when compared to current funding arrangements.
In writing to the Minister, the AMA has made it clear that its ongoing support for the concept of the PIPQII will be dependent on additional funding being provided, including to support the retention of the ACAI.