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16 Nov 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) latest Patient Experiences in Australia Survey has demonstrated once again that patients are very satisfied with the hard work and dedicated care they receive from GPs.

The AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said that the results were outstanding, especially when considering the pressure GPs are under.

“According to the survey, 83 per cent of Australians saw a GP in the last 12 months and around 78 per cent of patients have a preferred usual GP,” Dr Gannon said.

“Of those patients who saw a GP in the last 12 months, 92 per cent reported that the GP always or often listened carefully to them, 94 per cent reported that their GP always or often showed them respect, and 90.6 per cent reported that their GP always or often spent enough time with them.”

Dr Gannon also highlighted that GPs need support to continue to deliver high quality healthcare to their patients.

“General practice remains under significant funding pressure due to cuts by successive governments. As the Government looks to shape the future of our health system, it needs to build its investment in general practice, which remains the most cost effective part of the system.”

Full Media Release.


Published: 16 Nov 2017