Patient transport to GP

There is a Bulk billing GP super clinic just up the road from PAH ED. Some patients who are taken to ED have difficulty walking up hills. I would be interested to see if a PAH-provided shuttle bus could run every 20-30 mins from ED to the GP clinic. Patients in ED could be advised of their wait time and given the option of going on a shuttle bus to the GP clinic or waiting in ED

Why the contribution is important

Potentially reducing number of patients presenting to PAH ED that could be seen by GP

by Gorejonv on August 09, 2019 at 02:47PM

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  • Posted by willett August 11, 2019 at 16:31

    In principle is a good idea, however, it would be far better for the ambulance to bring patients to their regular GP. While this is more efficient, more importantly, it will lead to better quality care for the community. It also allows patients to be treated closer to home.
    If patients are not to be left waiting for excessive times in general practice clinics it will be necessary to provide some form of additional funding to create the flexibility in practice manpower.
    Most consultations in general practice attract an approximate $38 rebate, emergency Department encounters generally cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars. This difference creates an incentive and ability for State HSSes to fund general practice to provide a quality service, which is more appropriate, more cost-effective and more convenient to patients.
  • Posted by mcrice August 12, 2019 at 16:18

    Ambulance could bring patients to GP with a voucher for $200 that can be claimed by the GP if the patient is not sent to ED
  • Posted by RodW August 13, 2019 at 21:41

    Primary care funding....
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