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Who needs doctors anyway?

By johnboy - 2 April 2009 21

Katy Gallagher has announced that her feedback report into nurse operated walk-in health centres has encouraged her to progress the idea.

    “I am very exited about the potential of the walk-in centres to provide additional health services for a discrete group of patients and to assist our GP and emergency department workforce,” she said.

    The first walk-in centre will be established on The Canberra Hospital site, with the exact model still to be determined.

    “We will then look at rolling out of a further two centres to come on line within the next three to four years,” she said.

    “It’s important to note that the walk-in centre model is not a replacement for GPs or emergency department care, but would provide another type of care for people with one-off, non-serious health concerns,” Ms Gallagher said.

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deezagood 12:33 pm 03 Apr 09

davesfk said :

Anyone else think that Gun Street Girl sounds like the sort of person who should be working as part of katy’s taskforce?

Rather than opening more beds in the acute sector (which I agree is under resourced) why isn’t the government opening up privately practicing primary care clinics?

There’s nothing stopping them from poaching GPs from Sydney (where there is oversupply) and placing them on salary here. It’s what the corporate mobs do. There’s a bunch of old buildings (schools) that would be perfect to convert to primary care centres. The bulk billing issue wouldn’t apply as services wouldn’t be funded through Medicare.

Yes – and offering other financial/salary incentives (just as they do to lure GPs into country service) to qualified doctors … or offering undergraduate/Graduate medical scheme sponsorship to trainee doctors etc… I know a lot of doctors leapt at the country-service bounties offered in some parts of rural Australia – surely a few years in Canberra would be as palatable as living in woop-woop.

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