Focus on family care, say GPs

THE Northern Rivers General Practice Network has welcomed the extra health funding from this week’s COAG meeting.

But GP network chairman Dr Tony Lembke said now the Federal Government had taken on 60 per cent of hospital funding ‘it’s time to focus on the real work in health – keeping people well and out of hospital’.

“We need a greater focus on family care – on improved access to general practice and on better care delivered in the community,” he said.

“This has enormous benefits in increased health outcomes and in decreased health costs.”

Still, Dr Lembke said he had some concerns about the new case-mix funding model for hospitals.

“If it’s funded purely by the number of cases that go through the hospital, hospitals might seek to attract high-value low-cost cases, rather than high-cost, more complicated medical and mental cases,” he said.



Bruxner crash: traffic affected after cars collide

Bruxner crash: traffic affected after cars collide

Emergency services have been called to a crash on the Bruxner Hwy

Shock, sadness after passing of popular CBD manager

Shock, sadness after passing of popular CBD manager

Tributes to "amazing, passionate” community man Jason Mumford

Police not to blame for motorcyclist's 'tragic death'

premium_icon Police not to blame for motorcyclist's 'tragic death'

He died after hitting a cow during a police operation near Coraki

Local Partners