The report said NHS boards should be responsible for devising, and enabled to deliver, specific, sustainable and innovative arrangements so out-of-hours services meet the needs of local communities.
The report called for out-of-hours services to be fully joined up, and said work must be done to ensure NHS 24 operates 'as a fully effective' part of out-of-hours services.
However, the committee also warned that the economic climate could cause NHS boards to make decisions that undermine out-of-hours services.
'The committee would welcome a drive across the country towards solutions that deliver top quality services ... without depending on expensive methods such as buying in GP time at an hourly, ad-hoc rate,' the report said.
Dr Andrew Buist, deputy chairman of GPC Scotland, said: 'We believe that out-of-hours provision should be better integrated and we would agree that the public are confused about who to contact for out-of-hours services, and that this should be addressed.'