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Inappropriate use of hospital emergency departments

Michael K Marks, Daniel Steinfort and Peter LJ Barnett
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (4): 187-188.

To the Editor: Both adult and paediatric hospital emergency departments (EDs) are subject to inappropriate use.1,2,3 Some families use the ED as a primary care provider,4,5 often claiming that they have no regular general practitioner.6 Such families may experience poorer overall health.7,8 We hypothesised that providing such families with information about GPs in their area and emphasising the benefits of having a GP responsible for their long term healthcare might:

  • Michael K Marks
  • Daniel Steinfort
  • Peter LJ Barnett


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