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Role substitution: a reactionary approach to health care change

Patrick S Hanrahan
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (9): 487.

To the Editor: The juxtaposition of articles by Braithwaite and colleagues1 and Ho and Maddern2 (a description of a trial of physician assistants [PAs] in Adelaide) provides an interesting contrast between what should be happening in health care and what is happening.

Patrick S Hanrahan, Rheumatologist
Southbank Central, Perth, WA.
Article References: 
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Braithwaite J, Skinner CA, Döéry ML. A value- based health system. Med J Aust 2011; 194: 259-262.
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1
PubMed ID: 
21382002
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Ho PB, Maddern GJ. Physician assistants: employing a new health provider in the South Australian health system. Med J Aust 2011; 194: 256-258.
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2
PubMed ID: 
21382001
Reference Text: 
Van Der Weyden MB. Doctor displacement: a political agenda or a health care imperative [editorial]? Med J Aust 2008; 189: 608-609.
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3
PubMed ID: 
19061443
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Brooks PM, Mitchell CA. Doctor displacement: a political agenda or a health care imperative [letter]? Med J Aust 2009; 190: 396-397.
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4
PubMed ID: 
19444975

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