The Australian Medical Association says a quarter of Canberra’s general medical practices – would consider closing, if they are required to pay payroll tax to the ACT government.
The Association says Nearly half of all practice owners would also consider selling.
The A.M.A. says 80 per cent are likely to increase their fees, if they don’t receive an exemption from the tax.
As expected, The ACT has Australia’s lowest rate of bulk billing – at 56.1 per cent and the GP gap fees are just over fifty dollars.
Royal College of General Practitioners president Dr Nicole Higgins says the rebate did not reflect the true cost of providing a services and warned the situation would only get worse unless state governments backed off plans to charge GP practices up to $800,000 per practice payroll taxes.