A June survey of 500 GPs across Australia showed that 88 percent are against the government's plan to pay them to treat patients with diabetes.

Under the government's $436 million plan that will start in 2012, GPs will be paid $1,200 yearly for every patient whose personalise care plan they will develop and coordinate with other therapists. The GPs will also get performance bonuses for keeping diabetic patients free from hospital care.

However, the Australian Medical Association's survey released on Sunday called for the government plan to be scrapped because it negates their Medicare entitlements and limits their choice.

In the survey, only two percent believe the scheme will give doctors more time to patients. Two percent also see the plan as an improved version of Medicare.

The survey further showed that four percent want to join the scheme and 32 percent were unsure.

In March, the government projected more than 4,300 general practices, 60 percent GPs, as joining the scheme. It remains optimistic that the Diabetes Australia and health professionals will help implement the scheme.

The Australian General Practice Network supports the
government's plan because it takes care of a million diabetic Australians.

The Australian Nursing Federation said a flexible approach to treatment is the best way to improve chronic disease management and preventative healthcare.