Public hospitals ‘not transparent’ with abortion referral criteria, doctors say

GPs need transparent information on abortion options, says Dr Heather McNamee
Sarah Simpkins
Dr Heather McNamee.

Public hospitals present themselves as last-resort options for abortion, using restrictive or hidden referral criteria to push patients into the private sector, GP researchers say.

Their study of the HealthPathways referral network found that two-thirds of public abortion services listed either warned GPs to prioritise private providers or spelled out restrictive criteria for accepting patients.