The GP Links program aims to promote the amalgamation of smaller general practices into larger group practices and is one of several strategies being used to modernise Australian family practice. GP Links provides financial incentives to practices willing to amalgamate. The focus of the program has been on urban practices to date and indeed some of the requirements of the program mean that rural practices are less likely to access the scheme. We report our positive and negative experiences of practice amalgamation through the GP Links program in a regional setting of South Australia. From our experience we suggest that for rural practices, a staged approach of increasing collaboration that may lead to amalgamation, which focuses on rural practices developing a supportive network and alliances with others such as Divisions and University Departments of Rural Health might be a positive way ahead.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian Journal of Rural Health|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2001|