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Putting your GP's honour to the test

Discussion in 'Australia' started by admin, Jun 3, 2005.

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  1. admin

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  2. Stuart Blyth

    Stuart Blyth Active Member

    Morning All

    This raises some interesting issues, because it not just GP's who are getting in on the act. What about the Allied health sector as well?

    There is a large group of practitioners operating in Victoria and NSW doing a similar thing whereby their pay rate (a % commission of billings) is raised or lowered depending on the amount of inter-practice referrals they write that month.

    And what about Pods receiving a set commission on casted orthotic devices? Even if they are paid a flat % of their billings, its in their best financial interests to prescribe a $ 500.00 casted device rather than a $ 75.00 off the shelf device.

    It all comes down to the Medical practitioner’s ethics and their ability to make decisions based on patient care rather than their own pocket, difficult for some I grant, but essential if health care wants to be affordable to us all.

    Stuart
     
  3. Foot fan

    Foot fan Active Member

    I agree there are some serious issues raised when GPs and other health professionals engage in these practices but I can also see some things from the GPs perspective.

    As one example, many of the GP's clientelle require regular blood tests and at the end of the day it doesn't really matter where they have the blood taken so why shouldn't the GP make some extra money from it? We are, after all, a capitalist society and medicine is not protected from that. Perhaps it may turn out for the better as GPs may be less concerned about the time they spend with patients eating into their daily wage which could lead to better health care.

    In addition, if the patients are aware the GP receives money, does that negate the ethical issue? This seems to be what parts of the article are suggesting.

    As for the prescription habits of GPs being sold to pharmaceutical companies - isn't this data supposed to be monitored and collected anyway?

    Aside from this, as Stuart has already mentioned, podiatry has its own ethical issues to deal with - the prescription of orthotic devices has a very dark past and it has and will take a very long time before the general public sees orthotics as more than a money spinner.

    Perhaps we should clean up our own corner before pointing the finger at another (generally) hard-working profession trying to earn a living by helping people. That is, after all, what 90% of health workers enter the industry for.
     
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