The family doctor – old-fashioned or the key to a healthy future? (Part 1)


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The Family Doctor The Family Doctor in 1948. Source: Nedhardy.com

A few years ago, when I was boarding a plane I picked up The Times newspaper and noticed a big headline stating: ‘The family doctor is going out of fashion’. In the article journalist Matthew Parris explained why young people prefer to go to the emergency department. I kept the article as I thought it would be a great blog topic, but for some reason I forgot about it – until something jolted my memory.

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting with the Board of Health Consumers Queensland. I enjoy conversations with consumer representatives as I always learn something, even though these exchanges are usually slightly confronting. One of the topics we touched on was continuity of care, or better, the perceived lack thereof in general practice by consumers. During the drive back home to the Sunshine Coast I suddenly remembered…

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One Response to The family doctor – old-fashioned or the key to a healthy future? (Part 1)

  1. DrKP says:

    I re blogged this too Thinus. Can’t say it better than Ed.
    lol! Karen. X

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