Financial incentives for remote general practitioners

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) - Flexible Payment System (FPS) aims to encourage medical practitioners to relocate and practise medicine in rural communities.

Changes to GPRIP

From 1 July 2015, the GPRIP moved to the new Modified Monash Model (MMM) remoteness area classification system to more effectively target doctors working in areas that experience greater difficulty attracting and retaining medical practitioners.

Only medical practitioners who are not billing Medicare for any or all of the eligible primary care services they have delivered within eligible locations , need to complete the application process to receive GPRIP incentives via the FPS.

GP Registrars who are applying for payment under the FPS are also required to submit the Registrar Training Confirmation Form.

Eligibility

To be eligible for incentive payments, medical practitioners must provide eligible primary care services within MMM 3-7 locations. Eligibility assessment criteria, program guidelines and the current FPS application forms can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.

The map locator to determine the MMM category of locations can be accessed on the Doctor Connect website.

For more information about GPRIP, contact the Rural Health West Accounts Team or visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.