Incentives for rural doctors
RURAL and regional doctors are more likely to take up government incentives – but costs are stopping a wider uptake research has found.
The research published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed in 2008 less than half of the surveyed doctors received any income from incentives and that decreased in 2011.
University of Technology Sydney’s Dr Milica Kecmanovic and Professor Jane Hall found rural practices were more likely to take up incentives than GPs in cities.
“The response to incentives depends not just on the design of the incentive, but also on other conditions, such as levels of demand for or changes in approaches to treatment,” Kecmanovic and Hall wrote.
They said it was crucial to consider costs when designing incentives.
“As market conditions are also likely to influence participation in incentive schemes, the impact of incentives can change over time and these schemes should be reviewed regularly.”