Given the pay disparities I hear about from colleagues working in Australia there's no wonder the Aussie GPs are happy, I'd say they'd be manically ecstatic compared to us!
I loved my 3 & 1/2 years there. Great access to meds, radiology and hospital services. Hours and pay rates were great, the patients were really appreciative and a PHO was what you did after breakfast.
Without doubt their healthy primary care service was absolutely because of the representation that GPs had at state and national level. We have NOTHING in comparison.
Australia: 34 % Government Health Spending on Primary Care. AU$63.4 billion spent on Primary Care
New Zealand: 1.46 % of Government Health spending on Primary care. NZ$256 million on Primary Care
Australia: AU$1.5 billion INCREASE in Primary Care spending for last financial year
New Zealand: under NZ$70 million increase in funding for Primary Care
I wonder why GPs in Australia are happiest and feel valued? Primary Care is NOT valued in NZ. Say what you like the spending shows it.
Some representation here would be a great start.
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