Australian community health services are withering from neglect | Mariam Tokhi

Under Medicare, GP clinics that once could provide time and care for the most vulnerable now have to squeeze in as many patients as possible

Almost every patient I meet in my clinic is on a Health Care Card. This used to get them free or inexpensive medical care across the country, but this is getting harder and harder for all of them.

My first patient one day, a new mother on a low income, for instance, has moved far away from where I practice, but she still returns for treatment, unable to afford a local GP who will give her the time she needs.

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Category: Mental Health