General practice patients in the emergency department

Gerard J FitzGerald and Ghasem Toloo
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10513
Published online: 17 June 2013

Mostly, it is more appropriate for patients to seek care in the emergency department rather than visit a general practitioner

One of the mysteries of public policy is that at times the public discourse settles on a perspective that is based on flimsy or even contradictory evidence. One such discussion relates to the factors that contribute to the congestion of hospital emergency departments (EDs) in Australia.

  • Gerard J FitzGerald1
  • Ghasem Toloo2

  • School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.


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