As many as 70% of GP practices may have so far passed up government support of anywhere between $30,000 and over $100,000 because practice owners and practice accountants are failing to comprehend how their practice structures actually qualify them for the new JobKeeper scheme.
At the same time, major pathology labs are continuing to behave poorly by demanding rental relief of many practices of up to 50%, aligning their threats with government announcements, and implying their demands are legal, when they aren’t.
Both trends combined with the existing issues around COVID-19 income drops – a result of the introduction of telehealth without any preparation, and government-induced patient reluctance to attend surgeries – are putting unnecessary and unprecedented pressure on the country’s GPs.
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