Tag Archives: Primary care

Health Care Homes: not yet where the heart is

Why doctors have called for a delay in the implementation of the Health Care Homes.

We told you so: Ignoring primary care is never a good idea

It appears that many voters have taken this message to the polling booths…

Rest In Peace, BEACH

The government has decided to stop investing in primary care research.

Don’t go to your doctor – Minister Ley wants you to see the pharmacist instead

The world upside down? Visits to the doctor will become more expensive, whereas pharmacies will deal with health problems.

Social determinants of health: Why I am all tip and no iceberg

The contribution of doctors to our wellbeing is small compared to economic and social factors.

GP co-payments? Don’t save on primary care

As the saying goes: a fool and his money are soon parted. We’ve all paid for super clinics, the PCEHR, Medicare Locals, phone lines – you name it. Unfortunately, all these ideas have yet to bear fruit. Some say we should have spent our precious health dollars more wisely, especially in the current climate of […]
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Medicare Locals, please make it easier for us, not harder

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said on ABC’s Q&A that Medicare Locals had developed as a ‘natural successor’ to divisions of general practice to assist primary care at the local level. Although this sounds great, it seems that Medicare Locals are wasting tax dollars and are creating red tape. Medicare Locals are funded by the federal […]
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Let’s not forget what this government has done for primary care

Let’s have a look at some of the big health projects of the past years: Super clinics, Medicare locals and the PCEHR. Interestingly, there are a few common themes – the absence of a ‘need’ or business case being one of them. But it wasn’t all bad: One of the positive achievements was plain packaging […]
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