Health | December 14, 2017

Rural general practitioners

Victorian Parliament - 14 December 2017 - Ms KEALY — Country Victoria is in the grip of a critical shortage of general practitioners, and it is having a huge impact on the health of our local people. People who rely on prescription medication to manage their health are unable to get an appointment to see a local doctor and are forced to skip medication, travel great distances to go to a doctor unfamiliar with their history or condition or end up in the emergency department, putting a huge additional burden on our public health system. I ask the minister: what is the Andrews Labor government doing to address the critical shortage of doctors in rural Victoria, which is having a significant impact on the health of country people and adding huge pressure to Victoria’s country hospitals?

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