Financial rewards for remote general practitioners.

“GPRIP helps to feel you’re being compensated for the challenging nature of remote medicine. I’ve put my GPRIP payments towards buying a bike and taking an extended holiday; it’s helped me achieve work-life balance, which is essential to being a sustainable rural practitioner in a remote location.” – doctor working in MM6 location.

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What is GPRIP FPS

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) Flexible Payments System (FPS) provides financial incentives to doctors providing eligible non-Medicare services in rural and remote locations. Incentives are tiered, based on remoteness and increase the longer a medical practitioner works in rural and remote locations. 

GPRIP FPS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health as part of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy.

Eligibility

To be eligible for GPRIP FPS, medical practitioners must have a current eligible Medicare provider number AND be one of the following:

  • Medical practitioner working for the State or Commonwealth providing primary care services in MM 6-7 locations*
  • Medical practitioner performing procedural services for private patients in a hospital setting in MM 6-7 locations
  • Medical practitioner working for an Aboriginal Medical Service or Royal Flying Doctor Service in MM 3-7 locations
  • GP Registrar whose Medicare Benefits Schedule billings do not sufficiently reflect the services they have provided in MM 3-7 locations
  • Eligible AGPT or ACCRM Independent Pathway GP Registrars training in MM 1-2 locations

  • *GPRIP FPS uses the Modified Monash (MM) Model geographical classification system to determine remoteness.

    Medical practitioners working in detention centres, defence facilities, Antarctica are not eligible for GPRIP FPS. Junior doctors completing their compulsory hospital year (RACGP) or core clinical training year (ACRRM) cannot claim GPRIP FPS.

    Incentives

    Higher incentives are available for medical practitioners who work in remote locations for extended periods. The following table outlines the maximum level of incentives that can be claimed under GPRIP.

    GPRIP-financial incentives table-Rural Health West-0218

    Actual payments may be lower as they are dependent on the level of eligible activity performed by the medical practitioner (see "Other requirements" below for further information).

    Flexible Payments System
    The FPS only applies to medical practitioners (including GP Registrars) who are not billing the Medicare Benefits Schedule for ALL of their eligible non-Medicare primary care services or training placement. This is particularly relevant to medical practitioners working in Aboriginal Medical Services, providing primary care services in the hospital system and GP Registrars. 

    The FPS component of GPRIP is administered in Western Australia by Rural Health West.

    Other requirements

    Medical practitioners can access GPRIP FPS payments based on the volume of work they have undertaken in rural and remote locations. 

    Payments are made based on the number of quarters a medical practitioner has been ‘active’ in an eligible location. You must have at least four ‘active’ quarters over a five year period to receive a payment. 

    Flexible Payments System
    Medical practitioners receiving incentives through the FPS are considered ‘active’ if they provide at least 21 eligible primary care sessions* over a 13-week period (being a quarter). You can only claim two sessions per day irrespective of the number of hours you may actually work that day.
    *a primary care session must be longer than three hours.

    Incentives paid through the FPS are not automated. Medical practitioners are required to complete the GPRIP FPS Application Form and submit to the Rural Health West Finance team.

    Example: level of activity required under the FPS

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    Next steps

    If you believe you are eligible for GPRIP incentives through the FPS, you can download and complete the GPRIP FPS Application Form and submit to the Rural Health West Finance team.

    Further information

    If you are unsure whether you meet the eligibility requirements for GPRIP incentives, contact the Rural Health West Finance team or telephone 08 6389 4500.