Why doctors run late: 12 red tape challenges

Referring to an actual Orthopaedic Surgeon in a public hospital – what luxury. In the ACT we have no other option than sending them to a Physiotherapist run clinic who decides if they will graciously allow the referral past them to see the Orthopod months/years later (with apology to Monthy Python’s four Yorshiremen)

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Why doctors run late

In the ‘Blogging on Demand’ series you get to choose the topic. If you have a great idea you want the world to know about, feel free tocontact me.Last week members of the GPs Down Under (GPDU) Facebook group posted their red tape bugbears.Melbourne GPDrKaren Price, who is an admin of the group,suggestedto blog aboutthe issues that slow doctors down.

Patients are often understandably frustrated about waiting times. A couple of years ago I blogged about the reasons why I run late, including the daily healthcare bureaucracy doctors have to deal with. I’m sad to say the amount of red tapehasn’t changed.

Australia is not making good use of its medical workforce. Example:An estimated 25,000 patient consultations are lost every month whiledoctorsare making phone calls to the PBS authorityscript phone line.

Instead of reducing the amount of paperwork for doctors – so they can see…

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