Tackling the Health Bureaucracy

Government Bundles another GP agreement There is a sense of “deja vu” today, as the Kangaroo Island doctors gear up for another tedious battle with the bureaucrats at Country Health SA. You can read more in the media release below : Media Release 4-3-13 KI Docs The Island doctors have been told that the status …

Country Emergency Department Fees

Well I’ve just received a letter from the Federal Health Minister which seems to broadly confirm my suspicions that the charging of fees for country patients attending a public hospital ED is incorrect. You may need to click and open separately to view Of course there is a grey area in what is a ‘GP …

Emergencies & GP after hours

Well there’s an interesting article this week from Emergency Medicine Australia (Nagree et al 2012 ‘Telephone triage is not the answer to ED overcrowding’ EMA 24 123-126) as well as a media release from the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine regarding triage. Before rural medicine I was an EM trainee. I’m pretty passionate about emergency …

Had a gutful

Well, it’s kind of ironic that over the weekend there’s been a small flurry of interest in the issue of non-admitted hospital patients being charged a fee in South Australian country hospitals (see The Australian p7 24/3/12)…and yet at the same time this issue arose locally.I understand that the Minister of Health is not a …