Coronavirus pandemic leaves hundreds of medical practices on the verge of collapse

David Dahm was invited to speak on the ABC 7:30 Report about falling patient numbers and the impact this is having on General Practices and the healthcare industry.


Hundreds of medical practices are on the verge of collapse because of a fall in the number of visits due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data collected by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

A third of the practices reported a drop in income of more than 30 per cent in May, when compared with the same month last year.

People are thought to have been reluctant to visit their GP during the pandemic for fear of getting sick or overburdening the system.

A survey of 1,000 GPs and practices shows that nearly half are not sure whether they will still be operating in six months’ time.

Key points:

  • COVID-19 has seen patient numbers fall at general practices
  • Hundred of GPs may not survive the next 6 months according to new data
  • Doctors say low Medicare rebate rates are also causing financial problems

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For the link to the full ABC article, click here.
For a link to a recording of the story, click here.

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