In­cen­tives for ru­ral doc­tors

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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