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Fees charged to a consulting population in general practice



Fees charged to a consulting population in general practice



New Zealand Medical Journal 104(913): 222-224



information generated by the computer systems of thirty-five general practitioners was examined to determine their fee structure during the study period. copies of the general medical services (GMS) claims and patient fees were examined to determine whether patients had been charged the doctor's regular fee or an amount greater or less than this. information on 97,869 consultations was collected. A regular fee was charged to patients in 47% of cases, a greater or less than normal fee was charged in 7.5% of the consultations, and no fee to the patient was made in 22.5% of cases. Consultations charged to the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) comprised 17.5% of the study data. Maternity cases comprised the remaining 5.5%. Nineteen doctors provided information on 6511 out of hours or home visit consultations. In 44.3% of these cases no charge was made to the patient. This proportion was higher among beneficiaries (58.9%) than for any other group. all of the contributing doctors appear to exercise discretion in their charging policies rather than to maintain a rigid pricing structure for their services.

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