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The government’s proposed changes are good, and evidence based, but whether they will work in practice is another thing. from

Time for better chronic disease management in primary care

Living with a chronic disease is hard work. Today the federal government announced its intention to “revolutionise" the way chronic diseases and complex conditions are cared for.
It’s estimated general practitioners see up to five abused women every week. Aikawa Ke/Flickr

Acting on family violence: how the health system can step up

Victoria's Royal Commission into Family Violence will today hear how the health system can better respond to partner abuse, with the help of trained professionals and broader, government support.
The major impediment to realising the ideal of good general practice is that few patients understand it. Alex Proimos/Flickr

What you should expect from your GP

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?
New modelling shows the Medicare rebate freeze will leave GPs A$8.43 worse off per consultation. DIBP images/Flickr

High cost of GP rebate freeze may see co-payments rise from the dead

With GPs facing greater economic pressure and the health minister considering legislative change to make it easier for GP to charge them, GP co-payments, like Lazarus, may rise again from the dead.
Will medical graduates with a hefty student loan be able to resist the higher paying specialties? Shutterstock

Rising university fees threaten to skew public health services

American medical graduates enter hospital training with a debt of around US$160,000 if they attended a public medical school, or US$190,000 if they attended a private school. In the United Kingdom, fees…

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