GPs say 'urban refugees' increasing regional workload

Many rural Tasmanian practices have six-week wait times and are no longer taking on new patients, a senate inquiry has heard

GPs haves described how “urban refugees” who move to regional Tasmania arrive with chronic health conditions placing general practice's capacity under further pressure.

Dr Emil Djakic, a GP in Ulverstone, told a senate inquiry sitting the "stressed" healthcare system in regional Tasmania was exacerbated by a growing population of people looking for cheaper housing.

"Migration to the area, particularly of what I consider to be 'urban refugees' seeking more affordable housing, has brought a significant proportion of citizens carrying substantial