Doctor supply in Australia: rural-urban imbalances and regulated supply

Kamalakanthan, Abhaya and Jackson, Sukhan (2009) Doctor supply in Australia: rural-urban imbalances and regulated supply. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 15 1: 3-8. doi:10.1071/PY08055

Author Kamalakanthan, Abhaya
Jackson, Sukhan
Title Doctor supply in Australia: rural-urban imbalances and regulated supply
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY08055
Open Access Status
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 8
Total pages 6
Editor Kalucy, Libby
Walker, Rae
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
140208 Health Economics
Abstract We review the debate on the supply of doctors in Australia from an economic perspective. We focus on the supply between urban and rural areas and on Australia’s reliance on foreign-born overseas-trained doctors. Documented evidence shows that doctors are concentrated in cities and rural Australians have relatively poor access; and there is heavy reliance on the recruitment of foreign doctors. We suggest that besides training more local doctors, policy-making should include innovations to resolve the supply imbalance such as physician assistants and community pharmacy care in areas where access to general practitioners is often limited.
Keyword practitioners
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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