Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 1, January-February 2010

Barriers to good health care

Hilton Koppe
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Being a doctor to a colleague is a great honour for any medical practitioner. However, it also presents many challenges. These challenges will be discussed in a series of articles looking at how to best be a doctor for other doctors.
This article, the first in the series, explores potential barriers to good medical care when the patient is a doctor. Subsequent articles in the series will discuss strategies for overcoming these barriers.
There are many barriers to doctors receiving ideal medical care These barriers include issues around boundaries, embarrassment, confidentiality, payment for services and medicolegal issues. Having an awareness of these barriers can help treating doctors to offer the best possible care to those colleagues who choose to see them as patients.

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