Primary care reform: View from Australia

Russell, G. and Mitchell G. K. (2002) Primary care reform: View from Australia. Canadian Family Physician, 48 3: 440-443.

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Author Russell, G.
Mitchell G. K.
Title Primary care reform: View from Australia
Journal name Canadian Family Physician   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0008-350X
Publication date 2002-03
Sub-type Editorial
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 48
Issue 3
Start page 440
End page 443
Total pages 4
Editor J. Parsons
Place of publication Ontario
Publisher Don Mills
Language eng
Subject 321200 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract In recent years, the Canadian health care system’s universality, comprehensiveness, and accessibility have been shaken by the effects of increasing medical technology, contraction of the hospital sector, an aging population, and widespread physician shortages. All have contributed to a situation where access to care is becoming difficult, health services fragmented, and health care workers increasingly demoralized. In response, there has been no shortage of proposals for reform, particularly in the area of primary care. Government, medical organizations, and health advocacy groups have tackled the issue. Despite two decades of endeavour, no province has implemented meaningful reform. In the same period, Australia has revolutionized the organization and delivery of general practice care. At this time of uncertainty in Canadian family medicine, perhaps something can be learned from the Australian experience.
Keyword Canada
primary health care
health delivery
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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