Australia’s new health crisis – too many doctors

We are always hearing that our health care system is in crisis – not enough doctors or hospital beds; however current research has shown that the opposite is true when it comes to doctor numbers.

According to a new report by Dr Bob Birrell, from Monash University’s Centre of Population and Urban Research, Australia has too many doctors.

Dr Birrell said the main view of both the state and federal governments is that Australia has a serious shortage of both GPs and hospital doctors however; his research has found that this is not the case.

The report shows that the oversupply is directly related to the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) immigrating to Australia to fill “vacancies” in the non-metropolitan GP and hospital medical officers workforce.

Read more at Monash University