Why I may sign you fitness to drive form


A bit of sage advice.
To clarify though – the annual medical check for elderly drivers to retain their license is covered by Medicare if it is for a normal private driver’s license.

To my knowledge the ACT Government picks up the tab in the ACT if a patient is sent for a “safety to drive” test.

The variations between State and Territories on these issues can be frustrating for GPs and confusing to patients

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“Well, Mr Terry I have some bad news. The results of your tests shows me that it is no longer safe for you to drive.”

“But why, young whipper snipper, you don’t understand, I’ve been driving since before you were born……”

One of the harder things I have do as a GP is to tells someone that they should no longer drive and they need to hand in their license. I have lost a few patients along the way because we have disagreed on their ability or competency.  Generally during a consultation, I consider the patient before me, and sometimes their family. But in this situation, I have a responsibility to consider the wide community. In fact, you also have this responsibility as the F3172 form you gave me to sign for your drive medical stipulates.

“If you hold a Queensland driver licence, or are applying for a Queensland driver licence, you…

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