I started my career as a GP in Clinics where we would sometimes end up seeing 100+ patients a day. Now, 20 odd years later, I realise how bad that medicine was.
Reality of course being that in some situations bad medicine was better than no medicine at all
A recent BMJ study highlighted the remarkable degree of international variation in how much time GPs spend with their patients.
In Pakistan, a patient with a laceration would barely have time to explain how it occurred, let alone have it sewn up.
Whereas in Scandinavia, by the time the consultation ends, the wound has already healed by secondary intention.
Of the 67 countries studied, Australia ranks pretty much where you would want it – our 15 minute slots put us in the top quarter. Generous enough for a country that can afford it, without being inefficient.
Half of the world’s population—predictably, the poorer half—spend less than five minutes with their primary care doctor.
A couple of minutes is all you get in Nepal or China, regardless of how long it took you to travel to the surgery in the first place. I suspect there’s not much chit chat about the…
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