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    Max Hardy

    A citizens’ jury in Brisbane organised by Griffith University in mid 2012, considered this question and found patients pick up messages from GPs that GPs only really want 15 minute consultations – the Medicare system supports that. When GPs do procedures that take longer they lose money (relative to doing 15 min consultations), so for anything requiring longer than that patients are better off going direct to EDs. Also patients are often unaware of how to access after hours GP services so just head to EDs. The other finding was that most people attending EDs actually are very sick and need to be there, but of course providing alternatives for people who don’t need to be there is worthwhile.

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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    Thanks Max – is there a link to any report on this citizen jury, so readers can access more info?

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    Max Hardy

    I’ll see if I can find it. I couldn’t with a search on the net. Will approach Griffith Uni to see if it is publicly available.

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    Melissa Sweet

    Melissa Sweet

    Thanks Max!

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