Doctors aren't trained to deal with problem gamblers despite the heavy toll on health this addiction takes.
Letting patients have access to their electronic health records may be a benefit for some. For others, it could create a living hell.
We can't keep blaming the MMR-autism scare – there are other forces at play.
Data-privacy advocates may have won the care.data battle, but it looks like they're about to lose the war.
Low cholesterol. Ka-ching! Glucose control. Ka-ching!
Pay-for-performance for doctors works brilliantly ... but only in theory.
GPs are finding the compensation process for work related mental health claims onerous and in some cases bad for their patient’s health, a study has found.
GPs are worried that the WorkCover claims process worsens patients' health and are encouraging them to not pursue it, a study has found.
Pressure point. Smarter GP surgeries can lighten the burden on the rest of the NHS.
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Britain's local healthcare system of small time gatekeepers should become stronger networks of powerful providers.
Working on a Sunday.
David Cameron promised a seven days a week GP service by 2020, but without considering the possible knock-on effects
The health secretary should consider the history of his predecessors all the way back to Aneurin Bevan when it comes to keeping doctors happy.
Ordinary superhero – but under pressure of burnout.
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NHS moves to help staff become healthier but GPs are under pressure.
The major impediment to realising the ideal of good general practice is that few patients understand it.
Australia spent $16 billion on GP-related health care in 2012-13. Given that our public health system means each of us is paying for health care through our taxes, what should we expect from doctors?
Labour is focusing on NHS waiting times.
Labour claims that 590 fewer GP practices are now open in the evenings and on weekends. Are they right?
Better than A&E in many cases.
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Evidence from four pilot surgeries suggest an 8% drop in A&E admissions.
Very high GP attenders cost Medicare an average of A$3,202 in 2012-13, compared to an Australian average of A$690.
As well as being responsible for a large share of total costs, people who visit the GP more often are more likely to live in the most disadvantaged areas, and to report being in poor health.
The AMA described the proposed reimbursement changes for level B consultations as “an assault on general practice”.
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The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has emerged from the recent brouhaha over the Abbott government’s proposed Medicare reforms as both a winner in the protection of doctors’ incomes and an apparent…
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Over the past few years there has been a push towards getting patients with long-term conditions such as diabetes to take on more responsibility for their conditions. The traditional wisdom is that GP…
The budget has introduced a $7 co-payment for visits to the general practitioners.
The Abbott government has announced a A$20 billion medical research “future fund”, to help discover what Treasurer Joe Hockey calls the “cures of the future”, paid for with money generated as a result…
Your call, not his.
Across hospitals and doctor’s surgeries every day, patients have to make difficult choices. But for most of us the freedom to decide what happens to our bodies is taken for granted – doctors recommend…
Australian general practitioners are seeing more patients with chronic diseases than they were a decade ago. As Australia’s…
Doctors’ leader Clare Gerada made a few waves on her exit.
The call for more funding for general practice by Clare Gerada, the outgoing chair of the Royal College of GPs, attracted much attention. But within the profession, an interview in which she gave cautious…