Author Archives: Thinus

Is value based healthcare devaluing care?


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
There’s a lot to say for high value care. High value care is healthcare that generates a large amount of benefit for patients and the community compared to the resources invested. But there are…

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Why I may sign you fitness to drive form


Originally posted on rain0021:
“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…

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To pee or not to pee. The prostate question


The headline screams out “Kochie gets tested for prostate cancer ” and viewers are told that blokes are “boofheads” who should all get the bloodtest and the finger up the bum. It makes sense doesn’t it ? After all prostate … Continue reading

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Can we deliver high value care with one eye on the clock and the other on the screen?


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
Given longer consultations are associated with better health outcomes, the Medicare Benefits Schedule should be restructured to incentivise appropriate consultation time in general practice. It is estimated that doctors are making an incorrect diagnosis…

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Your Medical Records Exposed… Confirmed!


Originally posted on David Dahm:
As I predicted in February 2016, your personal health record is being exposed, with or without your full knowledge. The Federal Government’s new $2bn national patient electronic health record system rollout is at full throttle. This…

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pills and clots, Hills and plots…


Originally posted on that lady doctor:
After his daughter developed a blood clot while taking the medication Diane-35, Federal MP Julian Hill last week outlined his plan to ban the drug in Australia. He is concerned that GPs are mindlessly prescribing…

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Secondary use of My Health Record data


Given the obvious concerns by Industry Stakeholders and the Public about nefarious use of the huge amount of data contained within the  MHR (My Heath Record) system the Australian Government has wisely engaged a Consultant group to develop a framework … Continue reading

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Don Quixote de la Canberra


The ongoing saga of trying to create public awareness of the massive waste of money represented by the ACT Government funded Nurse-led Walk in Clinics has finally, after literally years of campaigning, led to an article in our local Canberra … Continue reading

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48-second GP consultations


Originally posted on drjustincoleman:
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,…

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Less is more


Originally posted on Doctor's bag:
I was asked to address the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)?about how to place health consumers at the centre of future healthcare reform and the delivery of health services. ‘Less is more’…

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