Patients with diabetes visit GPs eight times a year

The findings, from the latest Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) study, published this week, showed the average patient spent 1.6 hours a year with their GP, while those with diabetes spent an average of 2.6 hours.

The report, General practice activity in Australia 2012–13,  noted those with diabetes also spent time with a range of allied health professionals as well as practice nurses.

With the management rate of the condition increasing by 33% over the past decade, the authors said type 2 diabetes was “very resource intensive” and was “bound to increase in future”.

BEACH director Associate Professor Helena Britt said type 2 diabetes now accounted for 8% of GPs’ workload and that patients with the condition visited their doctor an average of eight times a year compared to the national average of 5.6 annual visits. 

Patients with diabetes had their condition managed at half of