(00:21) Dr Singleton and Dr Stoupas set the scene for their discussion regarding the findings from the RACGP Health of the Nation 2020 report. This is the second instalment and covers more of the business, funding and remuneration issues from the report.
Introduction of Dr Michael Wright and Dr Karen Price
(02:10) Dr Wright and Dr Price respond to Dr Stoupas and describe their other interests and work outside of their ‘day jobs’.
(03:56) The doctors talk through the economic benefit in making sure that preventive healthcare is invested in and that the benefit of that approach would ultimately save funds and potentially help people avoid going to more expensive hospital care.
(08:57) The discussion turns to remuneration, and ultimately the attraction of general practice as a career to young doctors. It’s a complicated subject but it seems to the doctors that a ‘portfolio’ career is the way the GP profession needs to go.
(13:56) Dr Price talks about the issue of pro-bono work. In any other profession, the amount of work that is done without reimbursement she figures would not be tolerated.
(15:32) The conversation turns to aged care and the fact that 68% of Australia’s COVID deaths were from the aged care sector. There is reform to be made in that sector and hopefully the royal commission will make some solid recommendations.
(18:49) The ratio of patients per GP comes up and the difference in perspectives on that burden/opportunity is explored.
(20:32) The doctors pick up the conversation on equity and the viability of general practice, versus the provision of equitable care to the most vulnerable people in our population.
(23:22) The conversation is wrapped up with Dr Singleton and Dr Stoupas offering their thanks and review of the chat.