Many more people need long-term specialist care, or are waiting a long time for elective surgery. These and other factors tell us we need to update how specialist referrals work.
Electrocardiograms are a common tool used by GPs to spot heart problems, and every medical student is trained to interpret one. Yet the government plans to remove Medicare funding for GPs to do this.
We found that one of the most widely used tests does not come up to scratch.
One in 20 patients referred to a cancer specialist by their GP don't turn up.
Whooping cough is making a comeback. Here's how to identify it, and why vaccination is a way to protect babies.
Alexander Fleming's work has helped countless people over the last nine decades.
Patients may be at risk while chaperones fail to act impartially.
Weight stigma at the doctors can be mentally and physically harmful.
The internet can help answer patients' lingering questions.
... in fact, it can make you sick.
Modern healthcare specialises, but as the population ages, many patients need more general care.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
More than a third of GPs have had no training on autism.
Both GPs and patients need to wake up to the immediate risk that antibiotic misuse poses.
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.
Pay-for-performance for doctors works brilliantly ... but only in theory.
GPs are worried that the WorkCover claims process worsens patients' health and are encouraging them to not pursue it, a study has found.