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Some GPs say the US $ 55 per patient government funding is insufficient to cover the time and resources required to give both doses of the coronavirus vaccine

The federal government, along with Australia’s highest medical establishment, has denied claims that general practices participating in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout are being left out of their pockets

In the past few days, general practitioners across the country have raised concerns about what they believe is insufficient federal government funding

The Australian GP Alliance said their practitioners were “exposed to quite a bit of stress – financially and otherwise”

during the rollout

“The first deputy secretary of the Federal Ministry of Health, COVID-19, Dr Lucas De Toca, urges general practitioners to conduct the online vaccination training as soon as possible, “reads a statement from Allianz

The alliance has also announced the government’s proposed funding – $ 3075 for the first dose and $ 2425 for the second – is insufficient to cover the 30-minute period the patient is observed after vaccination must be

Allianz said that influenza vaccinations that do not require post-observation would cost between $ 17 and $ 25 per vaccination

Alliance director and Brisbane-based general practitioner Dr Maria Boulton said many clinics have accepted that they would have to suffer financial loss to participate in the vaccination campaign

“We’re going to do it, but we’re going to do it at a loss because we believe it’s something we have to do,” she said

“But let’s not forget that this is not only funded by the government but also by the owners of general medicine”

However, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says the funds negotiated with the government will be enough to cover the costs of the practices

AMA Vice President Dr Chris Moy told SBS News that vaccine adoption shouldn’t be a “money-making exercise” for general practitioners

“To get the bigger picture of a dire pandemic with the Australian community desperate to start the greatest healthcare company of all time, the AMA and RACGP have worked with the government to develop what we hope will reached a level”Support where our GPs can stand up and vaccinate their patients who expect trust and knowledge from them,” said Dr Moy

Dr Moy said they have also negotiated additional funding for clinics that give a patient both doses, vaccinate after hours, or are based in rural Australia

He also turned down calls by NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard to cancel the vaccine rollout plan and replace it with the same system that introduces the flu vaccination every year

“I can’t understand why the normal practice of vaccination, the core business of general practitioners, has been excluded,” Hazzard told Sun-Herald

But Dr Moy said Australia simply doesn’t have enough access to coronavirus vaccines to make this plan realistic

“Typically there are 15 million shots ready at the start of each flu season, and training orders about 1,000 more a week,” he said

“We’d like to include every clinic, but it’s not that simple. Some practices only received between 50 and 200 shots initially”

The government has around 4600 common practices for administering the AstraZeneca vaccine from phase 1b of the rollout on Dec. March approved

Shortly after receiving his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Australian Health Secretary Greg Hunt insisted that general practitioners should not have to pay for the administration of the vaccines

“We tripled payments for the flu, so the Commonwealth federal government is actually making a very, very large payment,” he told reporters in Melbourne

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