What’s up Doc? The benefits of a good GP

Grant Blashki and Michael Kidd

“Throughout history people have relied on some form of doctor or other healer to help them and their families during times of illness, and to provide comfort and cures for various forms of sickness. Even with all our modern technology, powerful medications and access to vast quantities of health information on the Internet, people still encounter the daily health problems of living, and still want to turn to a local doctor that they can trust for advice, support and treatment. Each year in Australia more than 125 million general practice consultations take place, and 83% of Australians consult a general practitioner (GP) at least once a year. As Australia’s population ages, more people are living with chronic medical conditions and their GP has an important role in providing long-term, comprehensive health care …”