How poor patients sharpen the mind

'Some of my patients still have to decide between food and scripts - I do my best to help, but the policymakers need to do their bit too'

Nothing sharpens the mind like working with patients who are poor.

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Not the ‘I’m finding it really hard to save for our next overseas holiday’ kind of poor, but the ‘should I get the script filled or food for the week’ kind of poor.

When you need to convince a patient that a medication is necessary and should take priority over other essentials of daily living, you carefully consider the evidence for and against treatments.

Australia has high out-of-pocket costs for healthcare. In 2009, patients paid 18.2% of