Breaking down the communication barriers: reflections on a day in primary care

UK context but a thoughtful reflection on the interfaces between Primary and Secondary care. Communication and information transfer. With all the technology available we are still not handing over the baton.

Views from the Sharp End

It was all a bit confusing. Lisa had apparently missed her hospital follow-up clinic the previous week, although she was not aware of this appointment; a letter from her consultant indicated that this had, in any case, been booked in error as her ‘surgical episode’ was completed during her hospital stay. If she had any ongoing symptoms she needed to make an appointment with her GP – so here she was. The discharge summary had been uploaded onto the GP’s computer, but seemed to bear little resemblance to Lisa’s description of events during her hospital stay. Things did not quite add up. The explanation for her ongoing symptoms might have been straightforward, but her GP was ‘flying blind’. What’s more he had only 8 minutes to solve this: barely enough time to get past the hospital switchboard. The clinic was already running late – he would have to make some…

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How political leaders gamble with your health – 3 ways you can change this

A collation of the current funding issues in Australias Health care. A example of why a General Practitioners need to participate in Advocacy. Despite the apparent simplicity of the measures this is a complex debate about the type of society and level of subsidy we feel is culturally appropriate. There are complex philosophical questions about rights and entitlements in an interdependent society. This current political stunt provides an opportunity for reflection and considered response to the economic issues of health care. There is much more at stake than simply how much you pay after attending your Family Doctor.

Doctor's bag

How political leaders gamble with your health - 3 ways you can change thisIt is going to hurt. Taking $3.5 billion out of general practice will be harmful to the health of Australians. Many organisations, including the AMA, RACGP and the Consumers Health Platform, are strongly opposing the revised co-payment plan. They are demanding that the government reverses its decision. There are 3 things you can do to stop the catastrophic plan going ahead.

The government must reverse its co-payment plan, the 4-year Medicare rebate freeze and the changes to the duration of a standard consultation. There are other, better ways to save health dollars.

#1: Support the campaign 

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has launched the You & your GP have been targeted campaign.

Health consumers and doctors should all support the campaign!

Here’s what you need to do:

Download the RACGP patient letter or GP letter and send it to:

a) Your local MP (click here to find the address), and/or:

b) Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

The Hon. Tony Abbott…

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