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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA|

GP fee: $5 charge would hurt the most vulnerable

A mooted Coalition plan to charge $5-$6 for a visit to the GP has alarmed health professionals, who warn it would deter poorer people. Marie McInerney examines the debate.

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Tips and rumours

Medicare travails … more from anti-wind-farm PR machine … Tony won’t need his budgie smugglers in Tassie today …

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Who owns the new Australian dietary guidelines?

For those who missed the announcement, Australia’s 24,000 GPs and 3500 dietitians will soon have a new weapon in their battle against big bellies and hard arteries, writes Geoff Russell.

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VIC|

The Baillieu Dump: complaints mount against untalkative GPs

Patients seem to be having increasing trouble communicating with their GPs, writes Martin Kick, a Swinburne University student.

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Chiropractors moving in on GPs’ turf

Chiropractors are moving in on the turf of the general practitioners by convincing new parents that they are a safe and effective alternative choice for their family’s primary health care, writes Loretta Marron.

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Heavy medal band … that’s Labor for you

Labor’s attempt to milk a national disaster to its own advantage knows no bounds.

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It is illegal to drive and use your mobile phone now

Yes it is!

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LA Times | UNCATEGORIZED|

Has the stethoscope become a useless prop?

The stethoscope is an iconic tool of any good GP: but most don’t even know how to use one properly. Now a group of veteran physicians are trying to revive the lost art of “cardiac auscultation” with the aid of 21st technology, like iPods and computer generated heart sounds.

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Smartphone photos make it easy for stalkers

GPS navigation, geotagging of photos and metadata can be useful nerdy organisation tools. Particularly for stalkers wanting to follow you or your children.

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When it comes to back pain, the experts are best avoided

GPs who have a special interest in treating back pain are more likely to recommend tests and treatments that are ineffective or possibly even harmful.

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NSW|

Swine flu chaos? GPs only have themselves to blame

Sitting on our arses? I think not, writes a disgruntled health care professional.

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GP: We’re unprepared for a pandemic

At an absolute minimum a truck should have arrived at every GP surgery in Australia today with a crate of emergency supplies. Nothing of the sort happened, writes a suburban GP.

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It’s time to think beyond hospitals

Now that the problems of public hospitals have been “fixed”, can we please start talking and thinking about some of the country’s other, equally pressing health problems? Melissa Sweet writes.

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What are Howard’s compulsory medical checks going to cost?

Forget the human costs of the planned mass medical screenings of Aboriginal children, screenings that may well involve invasive testing. Let’s look at the relevant item numbers under the Medical Benefits Scheme…

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