Future medicine survey
FIRST the good news. GPs predict that by 2050 we will see better scanning and imaging technology, fewer cancers, breakthroughs in genetic medicine, more patients taking responsibility for their own health, and lots of helpful texting and emailing between patient and healthcare professionals. People will live longer and junk food ads aimed at children will be banned.
And if one GP’s vision comes to pass, we may even see a triage referral system that brings an on-call specialist into the consulting room via video link to help GPs prioritise serious cases and discuss options with patients facing long waits in the public system.
Close to 1000 GPs responded to MO’s 2011 Future Medicine survey - carried out by healthcare consultancy company Outcome Services - and the general belief is that they will be increasingly better equipped to deliver