24hr Accident and Emergency centres (separate to hospital)
Other countries utilise 24hr A&E centres that have pathology, x-ray, nurses and sometimes physios on site (although not necessarily all for 24hrs). As these centres are common and spread through out, patients will usually present there for minor injuries/GP level issues as it is faster than the hospitals, and it is all provided on site (and free). People present to ED because it is there 24/7, because it will all get done on the same premises, and because it doesn't cost money. If you fix these three problems, ED admissions will decrease. If the A&E centres are near the hospital ED's then you can redirect patients who present to ED with minor problems (or at least suggest to them that the wait is less).
GP visits in Australia can take days to get, take several visits if you need pathology or x-ray etc, and cost you money for most GP's (and the bulk billing are very busy and hard to get into).
Why the contribution is important
Unless you solve the three underlying problems of wait time, cost and convenience, patients will continue to present to ED for minor complaints.
by smallang on August 13, 2019 at 01:12PM