Australia’s GP shortage only a ‘story’

The Monash University report said there had been a sharp rise of full-time GPs billing Medicare since the mid-2000s and service levels were now “well above that considered by medical manpower authorities in the past to be adequate”.

Report author Dr Bob Birrell (PhD) of the university’s Centre for Population and Urban Research, wrote Medicare-billed GP services rose from 4.9 per person in 2004—05 to 5.7 in 2011—12 and “the oversupply is about to get worse”.

Australian-trained GPs entering the