Well GP certainly has some significant challenges right now.
Historical underinvestment into an increasingly complex and difficult role has left many GPs working fewer days, fewer hours and in some cases - quitting entirely.
COVID revealed significant problems in the medical system as the increased strain revealed previously hidden weaknesses.
And now we face long wait times for initial specialist appointments and virtually all public hospital waitlists are blown way out.
Here’s the most sobering challenge we face…
We are not at peak medical demand until 2028-2032.
But the system is already cracking badly before the baby boomers really start consuming health care at high rates.
And if the system cannot handle the workload?
Guess where all those unhappy patients are coming to complain about the situation?
Yep, you guessed it…
You. The GP.
Here’s what’s really worrying - if the government decided they needed to double the number of doctors to cope with...
COVID has been very difficult for most people in the world.
But it has extracted a very heavy toll on General Practice.
Sometimes there was a complete breakdown of systems that previously had worked as borders closed and Governments took extreme measures.
Sure there was a silver lining - we finally got billable telehealth…
But COVID caused so many problems because of politicians on one hand - and on the other?
15+ years of neglect of General Practice…
In that time GP has changed.
The amount of responsibility, complexity and challenges have all got a lot harder.
And despite this, you will be expected to receive a percentage of the Medicare rebate our specialist colleagues enjoy?
It is little wonder that less than 20% of medical students would now select general practice as a career option.
So what forces have driven these changes to our work?
Let's have a quick look…
Computers are great. They...
With the federal election just weeks away, there does seem to be some attention on General Practice.
That it is suffering badly and in some cases completely breaking down.
You may be feeling the effects of this.
Endless problems with difficult or no solutions.
It can be quite difficult to even wake up and face yet another day of working like this.
Perhaps you have noticed a generalised sense of overwhelming fatigue.
And you have to reach deeper into reserves just to see the next patient.
Look, it's been amazing what GPs have done over the last 5,10 and 15 years.
Extracting ever more from ever less.
Little or no investment has happened into GP (medicare freezes) yet we have faced increasing complexity, more paperwork, more regulation and more risk.
And then the intense strain of COVID was placed upon us.
Confused patients seeking answers in a world of confusion.
And they came to us to seek what they could not find in the giant...