In addition to patient care, many doctors also have heavy administrative burdens, including insurance company requests and government forms that advocate for their patients’ needs, as well as all the challenges of running an office.
Less than half of Canadians can see their doctor same-day, and millions don’t even have a family doctor. Improving access to care means providing doctors with the support they need to focus on patients.
Medical receptionists have taken on new roles during the pandemic, which no-one planned for. We must not forget them and the stressful work they do.
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With more health resources devoted to COVID-19, non-COVID patients may have unmet health-care needs, which predict poorer health in the future.
With COVID-19 placing heavy demands on the health-care system, non-COVID patients may struggle to access care, putting women, people in poor health and those without a regular doctor at risk.
Reports suggest people have been visiting their GPs for a certificate clearing them of COVID-19, at the request of their employer or school. But doctors can’t conclusively clear a person of the virus.
Elderly people form part of families and households, and fulfil important caregiving and economic roles.
Households headed by the elderly are likely to be particularly vulnerable in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Social distancing required to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has led to a sharp increase in the use of telemedicine.
Telemedicine has grown sluggishly in Canada, but COVID-19 has sped up the pace of adoption of online technology to deliver health care.
The number of Medicare claims Australians make in a year doubled between 1984 and 2018.
Paying doctors a fee for each service they provide isn’t delivering optimal value for the health dollar. Instead, we should pay doctors a lump sum to care for a patient’s medical problem over time.
The Ontario government is proposing more than a 30 per cent pay cut for doctors working in new primary care models.
The Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association are currently engaged in arbitration to determine how family doctors will be paid.
There are now hundreds of genetic tests that claim to predict the risk of various diseases. All that’s needed is a few drops of blood.
Individuals who carry the breast cancer genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are often unaware of the fact. That suggests that physicians need a new way to apply DNA-based screens to identify those at risk.
The NHS funding formula is based on an unfair premise which is funnelling money away from the regions that need it most.
What are the odds? Fixed.
The signs of a gambling problem can be hidden from view.
An empty wheelchair – or is there a person there we do not see?
For many of the nation’s poor, food and shelter are more important than health care. Questions of insurance coverage loom broadly, but another question lingers: how to treat the poor we do not see.
Rural primary health care, including patient evacuation services, general practice and mental health care deliver more than just health. There are economic benefits too.
Providing health care to the bush not only benefits people’s health but the local economy.
Health Insurers should be offering insurance that covers primary care, Paolucci argues.
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If customers are questioning the value of private health insurance its because of the way the system is distorted by government incentives.
Some regions have had rates of preventable hospital admissions 50% above the state average for more than a decade.
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People ending up in hospital for diabetes, tooth decay, or other conditions that should be treatable or manageable out of hospital is a warning sign of system failure.
This approach will help concentrate efforts on evidence and value rather than ideologically based, slash-and-burn approaches.
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The government must do more to deliver a 21st-century health system – not just to improve its standing with voters but to meet the health needs of all Australians.
GPs tend to ignore advice from guidelines not relevant to general practice.
Many guidelines offered to GPs are based on evidence unrelated to general practice. Studies show doctors tend to ignore these guidelines which can pose a risk to patients’ health.
Three more years for Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition.
What’s in store for key policy areas, from health to education to infrastructure to asylum seekers, under a returned Coalition government?
Some Coalition’s policies have been seen as a fundamental assault on Medicare principles of bulk billing and universality.
Scare campaigns only work if there is some anxiety to build on. Labor’s Medicare campaign plugged into a long history of Coalition ambivalence – or open hostility – towards Medicare.